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Geometrical Theory of Satellite Orbits and Gravity Field

  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by TU München, Munich, Germany

  • Reports on pioneering work on the estimation of purely geometrical (i.e. kinematic) orbits of LEO and GNSS satellites

  • Demonstrates orbit determination with cm accuracy for satellites in the LEO orbit up to the Moon distance

  • Describes novel approaches for satellite positioning based on multi-GNSS navigation systems and determination of reference frame of the Earth


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Drazen Svehla
    Pages 53-63
  3. Drazen Svehla
    Pages 71-72
  4. Drazen Svehla
    Pages 73-81
  5. Drazen Svehla
    Pages 167-182
  6. Drazen Svehla
    Pages 223-249
  7. Drazen Svehla
    Pages 251-267

About this book


This book on space geodesy presents pioneering geometrical approaches in the modelling of satellite orbits and gravity field of the Earth, based on the gravity field missions CHAMP, GRACE and GOCE in the LEO orbit. Geometrical approach is also extended to precise positioning in space using multi-GNSS constellations and space geodesy techniques in the realization of the terrestrial and celestial reference frame of the Earth. This book addresses major new developments that were taking place in space geodesy in the last decade, namely the availability of GPS receivers onboard LEO satellites, the multitude of the new GNSS satellite navigation systems, the huge improvement in the accuracy of satellite clocks and the revolution in the determination of the Earth's gravity field with dedicated satellite missions.


Space Geodesy Kinematic Orbit Reference Frames Sea Level Change Satellite Formation Flying GNSS Phase-Clock Parameters Time and Frequency Transfer Integer Ambiguity Algebra SLR Double-Differences Lunar Laser Ranging Satellite Thermal Re-radiation Earth Orientation Quaternion Gravity Field Of The Earth Rotation Of Spherical Harmonics Geometrical Representation Of Gravity GNSS

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering, Institute for Astronomical and Physical GeodesyTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany

About the authors

Dr.-Ing. Drazen Svehla graduated from the University of Zagreb in Croatia with the highest grade average in the history of the faculty and received two Rector’s Prizes for his work. His Diploma thesis was about GPS and determination of the geoid surface with cm accuracy, with Prof. K. Čolić from the University of Zagreb and Prof. H. Moritz from TU Graz. He continued with his Ph.D. at TU München, where he worked with Prof. M. Rothacher on the precise orbit determination of satellites in the LEO orbit with GPS, covering all aspects of space geodesy, including determination of the reference frame of the Earth. During the same period, he also worked with Prof. R. Rummel on spherical harmonics and modelling of gravity field of the Earth. After Prof. M. Rothacher moved to ETH Zürich, Drazen continued working with him. This work resulted in his PhD thesis, which in turn led to this book, about 10 papers, 90 conference talks all over the world and 30 invited talks at various research institutions and universities. Drazen has also served as Chairman of the ESA Topical Team on Geodesy, he has organized one ESA conference and served as a convener at several international conferences. He is enthusiastic about novel ideas related to all aspects of space geodesy, aerospace and astrodynamics.

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