Survey Improvement and Calibration Analysis for the Air Force Eastern Test Range With Geos C

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

Published Online: 15 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM015p0083

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy

How to Cite

Bush, N. (1972) Survey Improvement and Calibration Analysis for the Air Force Eastern Test Range With Geos C, in The Use of Artificial Satellites for Geodesy (eds S. W. Henriksen, A. Mancini and B. H. Chovitz), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM015p0083

Author Information

  1. Pan American World Airways, Inc., Aerospace Services Division Patrick Air Force Base, Florida 32925

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900155

Online ISBN: 9781118663646

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Keywords:

  • Air force eastern test range (AFETR);
  • Bermuda station;
  • Calibration;
  • Cape Kennedy;
  • Ephemeris accuracy;
  • Point of closest approach (PCA)

Summary

The results of an error analysis utilizing Geos C are presented with respect to geodetic improvement at the Air Force Eastern Test Range (AFETR) as well as at the Space and Missile Technical Evaluation Center (Samtec, which was formerly the Air Force Western Test Range). Radars were the only data source considered for the study, and data were taken from Kwajalein to Ascension. The geodetic error analysis results from a short-arc analysis are developed in terms of Cape Kennedy being the known reference station for data from Ascension to Cape Kennedy, and Vandenberg Air Force Base is the known reference station for the data from Kwajalein to the U.S. mainland. The results show that the relative survey improvement of Ascension to the Cape as well as the relative survey improvement of Kwajalein, Johnston Island, and Hawaii to Vandenberg Air Force Base can be obtained to 17 meters or better.