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Stability control of range biases on the French laser ranging stations
Author(s): Joelle Nicolas; Pierre Exertier; Pascal Bonnefond; Francis Pierron; Yves Boudon; Jean-Francois Mangin; Francois Barlier; Michel Kasser; Jennifer S. Haase
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Paper Abstract

Space geodetic techniques of artificial satellites tracking have been greatly improved since this last decade. Particularly, the successful development of radio tracking systems like GPS, DORIS, and PRARE has to be emphasized, concerning precise positioning, orbit determination, and gravity field determination. All these techniques are able to operate under all weather conditions and are of very easy use. In fact, all the complexity of systems is to be found in space on board the satellites. To some extent, for laser satellite tracking, the situation is the opposite. It is weather dependent and comparatively complex and costly at the ground level. However, this technique is the most straightforward in concept for accurate measuring of the Earth-satellite distance. But, it is true, provided that instrumental biases can be well understood and precisely estimated. As a result, the role of laser tracking has to be reassessed and the control of range biases is nowadays of the utmost importance. Therefore, the international organization for laser cooperation has been reconsidered and the purpose of this paper is to present the effort made in this field at the Grasse, France observatory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3865, Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques II, (15 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.373035
Show Author Affiliations
Joelle Nicolas, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Pierre Exertier, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Pascal Bonnefond, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Francis Pierron, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Yves Boudon, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Jean-Francois Mangin, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Francois Barlier, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France)
Michel Kasser, Ecole Superieure des Geometres et Topographes (France)
Jennifer S. Haase, ACRI (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3865:
Laser Radar Ranging and Atmospheric Lidar Techniques II
Ulrich Schreiber; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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