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  1. Soren W. Henriksen,
  2. Armando Mancini and
  3. Bernard H. Chovitz

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118663646.oth01

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

How to Cite

Henriksen, S. W., Mancini, A. and Chovitz, B. H. (eds) (1972) Summary, in The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy, American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1002/9781118663646.oth01

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1972

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900155

Online ISBN: 9781118663646



The papers in this monograph are extremely varied in subject, dealing not only with geodesy on the earth but also geodesy on the moon and on the other planets, and representing work done with either artificial or natural satellites. This summary is intended not only to give a glimpse at the key concepts of the individual papers, but to tie the papers more strongly together and to the art in general. The task is simpler if we keep to the same organization used in the main part of the volume, although ties between papers in different categories will be pointed out.

Geodesy started as applied geometry, and throughout most of its history as the science of earth measurement has retained its geometric character. Until the latter part of the nineteenth century, the tools of the geodesist were scaled-up versions of the geometer's instruments: the tape, the transit, and the level. Even at the gateway to the era of artificial satellites and with worldwide gravity surveys going on around him, the geodesist still saw in these satellites primarily a new geometric tool—a new kind of beacon that was higher but still a beacon, to be used in exactly the same way that beacons have always been used.