Precise orbit determination is a major objective in satellite geodesy and data analysis of several geoscientific satellite missions. Satellite gravity missions such as the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE) missions (GRACE-FO and GRACE) are equipped with on-board accelerometers that form a key observation instrument for the measurement of non-gravitational perturbations at orbital altitude. The accelerometers calibration through a data processing scheme is essential for GRACE applications such as precise orbit determination, gravity field mapping and non-gravitational forces modelling. The present study focuses on the estimation of the accelerometer calibration parameters within an orbit determination approach. We apply an adapted dynamic orbit determination algorithm with extended variational equations. The orbit parameter estimation considers accelerometry calibration parameters such as bias, drift and scale factors in combination with empirical forces of cycle-per-revolution (CPR) terms. The applied approach leads to orbit residuals within 2 to 4 cm (RMS) while the LRI and KBR range-rate data residuals vary within a few μm/sec (RMS: GRACE-FO 1.7, GRACE 1.4 μm/sec).
|Publication date||29 Jun 2021|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Jun 2021|
|Event||International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Scientific Assembly - Beijing, China|
Duration: 28 Jun 2021 → 2 Jul 2021
|Conference||International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Scientific Assembly|
|Period||28/06/2021 → 02/07/2021|