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Terrestrial reference systems related to the TOPEX/Poseidon projectIn the TOPEX/POSEIDON project, several satellite positioning systems, such as Laser, Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite (DORIS), and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) (on an experimental basis), will be used to track the satellite and to provide accurate orbits. Unfortunately, these systems will provide their dedicated tracking-station coordinates and the satellite orbits in different reference frames. Each technique will use, de facto, a different reference frame. In fact, even for the same technique, each group, depending on the hypothesis used in its computation, will use a different reference frame. This problem is not new for geodesists and can be overcome, in large part, but could create trouble for other scientists when they compare or combine different coordinate data sets. The main purpose of this investigation is to determine a consistent terrestrial system for TOPEX/POSEIDON in which all the tracking-station coordinates, all the orbit ephemerides, and all the other station coordinates of specific interest (such as tide gauges) could be expressed. Another issue of this investigation is the provision of reliable information concerning the relationships between all the possible reference frames of interest for th TOPEX/POSEIDON project. To be more explicit, we plan to provide the possible transformation formula between the TOPEX/POSEIDON terrestrial reference frame and the Laser, DORIS, GPS, and other internationally recognized frames such as the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF).
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Boucher, Claude
(Institut Geographique National Paris, France)
Willis, P.
(Institut Geographique National Paris, France)
Barlier, Francois
(Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Geodynamiques et Astronomiques Grasse, France)
Mazzega, P.
(Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales Toulouse, France)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: JPL, TOPEX(Poseidon Science Investigations Plan
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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