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Altimeter For The Ocean Topography Experiment (TOPEX)
Author(s): John L. MacArthur; Peter V. K. Brown
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Paper Abstract

The evolution of satellite altimetry from SKYLAB-1, GEOS-3, and SEASAT-1 to the current U.S. Navy program, GEOSAT-A, has been accompanied by a continuing improvement in measurement precision along with a better understanding of those factors internal and external to the instrument that act to limit precision. The precision goal of 2 centimeters imposed by the TOPEX mission will be realized by incremental enhancements to existing designs whose effectiveness has been demonstrated. The TOPEX altimeter will use a high pulse-rate, burst waveform and dual frequency (13.6/5.3 Ghz) operation to minimize height measurement noise and remove ionospheric bias.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1984
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0481, Recent Advances in Civil Space Remote Sensing, (1 August 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943083
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John L. MacArthur, The Johns Hopkins University (United States)
Peter V. K. Brown, The Johns Hopkins University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0481:
Recent Advances in Civil Space Remote Sensing

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