SPECIAL SECTION: Early Precision Orbit
The GPS flight experiment on TOPEX/POSEIDON
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1994 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 21, Issue 19, pages 2171–2174, 15 September 1994
How to Cite
(1994), The GPS flight experiment on TOPEX/POSEIDON. Geophysical Research Letters, 21: 2171–2174. doi: 10.1029/94GL02192
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 1994
- Manuscript Received: 1 NOV 1993
The precision orbit determination (POD) experiment on TOPEX/POSEIDON using the Global Positioning System (GPS) is yielding concrete results. Orbit consistency and accuracy tests indicate that GPS is routinely providing satellite altitude with an accuracy of better than 3 cm. Here we review the GPS experiment, its basic concepts, POD techniques and key results, and discuss the possible cost and performance benefits that may flow to future missions.