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Corsica SLR Positioning Campaigns (2002 and 2005) for Satellite Altimeter Calibration Missions

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The French Transportable Laser Ranging System (FTLRS) was deployed in the calibration site of satellite radar altimeters in Corsica over the 2002 and 2005 campaigns. The paper describes the different steps of SLR data processing. The average arcs RMS obtained are about 1-2 cm for Lageos-1&-2, Starlette and Stella satellites; it is shown that the best results of satellite orbits determination and geocentric positioning are obtained with Eigen-Grace03s gravity model. The difference of FTLRS absolute 3D positioning, between 2002 and 2005, of about 7.7 mm (i.e., 2.6 mm/yr) is less than residual errors of ITRF2005 velocities (of about 4.3 mm/yr).
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Keywords: Absolute positioning; Earth gravity field model; FTLRS; satellite laser ranging; stability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre des Techniques Spatiales CTS, Division de Geodesie Spatiale, Arzew, Algeria 2: Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur OCA/GEMINI, Grasse, France 3: IGN/ENSG/LAREG, Marne-la-Vallee, France

Publication date: 01 April 2008

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