Spaceborne GPS for Earth Science

  • Thomas P. Yunck
  • William G. Melbourne
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 115)


With the recent completion of the Global Positioning System constellation and the appearance of increasingly affordable spaceborne receivers, GPS is moving rapidly into the world of space flight projects. Indeed, owing to the great utility and convenience of autonomous onboard positioning, timing, and attitude determination, basic navigation receivers are coming to be seen as almost indispensable to future low earth missions. This development has been expected and awaited since the earliest days of GPS. Perhaps more surprising has been the emergence of direct spaceborne GPS science and the blossoming of new science applications for high performance geodetic space receivers.


Total Electron Content Radio Occultation Attitude Determination Precise Orbit Determination Selective Availability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas P. Yunck
    • 1
  • William G. Melbourne
    • 1
  1. 1.The Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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