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Use of Reference Frames for Interplanetary Navigation at JPL

  • Michael Heflin
  • Chris Jacobs
  • Ojars Sovers
  • Angelyn Moore
  • Sue Owen
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 138)

Abstract

Navigation of interplanetary spacecraft is typically based on range, Doppler, and differential interferometric measurements made by ground-based telescopes. Successful tracking requires knowledge of the telescope positions in the terrestrial reference frame. Spacecraft move against a background of extra-galactic radio sources and navigation depends upon precise knowledge of those background radio source positions in the celestial reference frame. Work is underway at JPL to reprocess historical VLBI and GPS data to improve realizations of the terrestrial and celestial frames. The purpose of this brief paper is to provide a snapshot of reference frame results.

Keywords

Reference frames Navigation VLBI GPS ITRF ICRF 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research described herein was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Government sponsorship acknowledged. Copyright 2011 © California Institute of Technology.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Heflin
    • 1
  • Chris Jacobs
    • 1
  • Ojars Sovers
    • 1
  • Angelyn Moore
    • 1
  • Sue Owen
    • 1
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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