SLR-derived terrestrial reference frame using the observations to LAGEOS-1/2, Starlette, Stella, and AJISAI

Sosnica, Krzysztof Jakub; Jäggi, Adrian; Thaller, Daniela; Dach, Rolf; Beutler, Gerhard; Baumann, Christian (November 2014). SLR-derived terrestrial reference frame using the observations to LAGEOS-1/2, Starlette, Stella, and AJISAI. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Workshop on Laser Ranging. Fujiyoshida, Japan. 11.-15. November 2013.

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Currently, the contributions of Starlette, Stella, and AJISAI are not taken into account when defining the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF), despite the large amount of data collected in a long time-span. Consequently, the SLR-derived parameters and the SLR part of the ITRF are almost exclusively defined by LAGEOS-1 and LAGEOS-2.
We investigate the potential of combining the observations to several SLR satellites with different orbital characteristics. Ten years of SLR data are homogeneously processed using the development version 5.3 of the Bernese GNSS Software. Special emphasis is put on orbit parameterization and the impact of LEO data on the estimation of the geocenter coordinates, Earth rotation parameters, Earth gravity field coefficients, and the station coordinates in one common adjustment procedure.
We find that the parameters derived from the multi-satellite solutions are of better quality than those obtained in single satellite solutions or solutions based on the two LAGEOS satellites. A spectral analysis of the SLR network scale w.r.t. SLRF2008 shows that artifacts related to orbit perturbations in the LAGEOS-1/2 solutions, i.e., periods related to the draconitic years of the
LAGEOS satellites, are greatly reduced in the combined solutions.

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08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Astronomy

UniBE Contributor:

Sosnica, Krzysztof Jakub, Jäggi, Adrian, Thaller, Daniela, Dach, Rolf, Beutler, Gerhard, Baumann, Christian (B)


500 Science > 520 Astronomy




Pierre Fridez

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17 Jul 2014 11:40

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29 Mar 2023 23:33




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