Duev, DA and Pogrebenko, SV and Cimo, G and Molera Calves, G and Bocanegra Bahamon, TM and Gurvits, LI and Kettenis, MM and Kania, J and Tudose, V and Rosenblatt, P and Marty, J-C and Lainey, V and de Vicente, P and Quick, J and Nickola, M and Neidhardt, A and Kronschnabl, G and Ploetz, C and Haas, R and Lindqvist, M and Orlati, A and Ipatov, AV and Kharinov, MA and Mikhailov, AG and Lovell, JEJ and McCallum, JN and Stevens, J and Gulyaev, SA and Natush, T and Weston, S and Wang, WH and Xia, B and Yang, WJ and Hao, L-F and Kallunki, J and Witasse, O, Planetary Radio Interferometry and Doppler Experiment (PRIDE) technique: A test case of the Mars Express Phobos fly-by, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 593 Article A34. ISSN 1432-0746 (2016) [Refereed Article]
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Context: The closest ever fly-by of the Martian moon Phobos, performed by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft, gives a unique opportunity to sharpen and test the Planetary Radio Interferometry and Doppler Experiments (PRIDE) technique in the interest of studying planet–satellite systems.
Aims: The aim of this work is to demonstrate a technique of providing high precision positional and Doppler measurements of planetary spacecraft using the Mars Express spacecraft. The technique will be used in the framework of Planetary Radio Interferometry and Doppler Experiments in various planetary missions, in particular in fly-by mode.
Methods: We advanced a novel approach to spacecraft data processing using the techniques of Doppler and phase-referenced very long baseline interferometry spacecraft tracking.
Results: We achieved, on average, mHz precision (30 μm/s at a 10 s integration time) for radial three-way Doppler estimates and sub-nanoradian precision for lateral position measurements, which in a linear measure (at a distance of 1.4 AU) corresponds to ~50 m.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||interferometric techniques, astrometry|
|Research Division:||Physical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Astronomical and Space Sciences|
|Research Field:||High Energy Astrophysics; Cosmic Rays|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences|
|Author:||Lovell, JEJ (Dr Jim Lovell)|
|Author:||McCallum, JN (Dr Jamie McCallum)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
|Deposited By:||Mathematics and Physics|
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