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Utilising over a year of satellite laser ranging precise orbits of GFO have been used to investigate (i) the satellite's centre of mass offset; (ii) effective areas for aerodynamic forces and solar radiation and (iii) gravity field enhancement of the GFO/GEOSAT exact repeat mission orbit. The year of data has covered a complete cycle of the geocentric angle between the earth-sun vector and the orbital normal for investigation of non-gravitational forces. The gravity field enhancement has been applied to GEOSAT to quantify orbital improvement of the earlier mission afforded by the more precise tracking of GFO. © 2002 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Moore P, Kilby GT
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Advances in Space Research
ISSN (print): 0273-1177
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