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DORIS/DIODE: Real-Time Orbit Determination Performance on Board SARAL/AltiKa

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One amazing heritage of the current altimetry missions, Jason-2, CryoSat-2 (without mentioning their predecessors TOPEX-Poseidon, ERS, Jason-1, and EnviSat) is that DORIS using DIODE On-Board Orbit Determination software calculate orbits in real-time with accuracy. For example, accuracy has been improved to 2.7 cm RMS on board DORIS/Jason-2 compared with the final Precise Orbit Ephemerides (POE) orbit, generally known to have less than 1 cm accuracy on the radial component. Simultaneously, an efficient integrity team on-ground continually monitors the health of the DORIS system.

In February 2013, SARAL/AltiKa was launched hosting a DORIS DGXX receiver with the latest LV11 software as previously used in Jason-2 and CryoSat-2. DORIS on-board SARAL has since been permanently producing results efficiently every ten seconds without exception, including during manoeuvring phases. Spacecraft, ground-system, and users are provided with real-time information on the satellite position: the accuracy is approximately 3.0 cm RMS on the radial component, which is a major break-through for Near Real-Time (NRT) processing. These results are detailed in the paper. Future DORIS/DIODE versions will be used on-board Jason-3 and Sentinel-3.
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Keywords: DORIS; Near-real-time; precise orbit determination; satellite

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Toulouse, France 2: AKKA I&S, Toulouse, France

Publication date: September 10, 2015

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