Accession Number : AD0763362

Title :   Pole Position for 1972 Based on Doppler Satellite Observations.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WEAPONS LAB DAHLGREN VA

Personal Author(s) : Anderle,Richard J.

Report Date : MAY 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : The position of the earth's spin axis with respect to the crust was computed on the basis of Doppler satellite observations in 1972 for the fourth consecutive year. The standard error of the determination based on five days of observations was as low as 20 cm during periods when data from 19 stations on three satellites were used in computations. In addition, computation of satellite orbits was performed for isolated time spans dating back to 1964, and changes in latitude residuals were computed for each station for the period 1964-1972; the changes were consistent with the standard error of 10-20 cm/year. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*POLAR REGIONS, MOTION), POSITION FINDING, SPINNING(MOTION), ORBITS, SATELLITE TRACKING SYSTEMS, DOPPLER SYSTEMS, NAVIGATION SATELLITES, STATISTICAL DATA, LEAST SQUARES METHOD

Subject Categories : Geodesy
      Spacecraft Trajectories and Reentry

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE