The limit accuracy of laser ranging of Earth artificial satellites

1Prokhorenko, VI
1Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Kosm. nauka tehnol. 1996, 2 ;(2):70–81
Section: Space Navigation and Communications
Publication Language: Russian
The well-known physical factors that restrict the laser ranging accuracy are analysed in detail. The transverse group delay and temporal atmospheric aberrations are found to be the principal factors, while the outer space and nonlinear distortions in the atmosphere are much less important. The accuracy which can be actually attained in the single-frequency ranging of geodetic satellites is 1-5 mm. Some analytical equations are derived for the limit accuracy of a certain SLR station. Multicolour ranging methods are shown to be inferior in accuracy to the single-frequency ranging
Keywords: Earth artificial satellites, laser ranging
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