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Mars Express interplanetary navigation from launch to Mars orbit insertion : the JPL experience.

Show simple item record Han, Dongsuk Highsmith, Dolan Jah, Moriba Craig, Diane Border, James Kroger, Peter 2009-01-13T18:24:30Z 2009-01-13T18:24:30Z 2004-10-11
dc.identifier.citation 18th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Munich, Germany, October 11-15, 2004. en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 04-2906
dc.description.abstract The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) played a significant role in supporting the safe arrival of the European Space Agency (ESA) Mars Express (MEX) orbiter to Mars on 25 December 2003. MEX mission is an international collaboration between member nations of the ESA and NASA, where NASA is supporting partner. JPL's involvement included providing commanding and tracking service with JPL's Deep Space Network (DSN), in addition to navigation assurance. The collaborative navigation effort between European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) and JPL is the first since ESA's last deep space mission, Giotto, and began many years before the MEX launch. This paper discusses the navigational experience during the cruise and final approach phase of the mission from JPL's perspective. Topics include technical challenges such as orbit determination using non-DSN tracking data and media calibrations, and modeling of spacecraft physical properties for accurate representation of non-gravitational dynamics. Also mentioned in this paper is preparation and usage of DSN Delta Differential Oneway Range (∆DOR) measurements, a key element to the accuracy of the orbit determination. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004. en_US
dc.subject command en_US
dc.subject tracking en_US
dc.subject Deep Space Network (DSN) en_US
dc.title Mars Express interplanetary navigation from launch to Mars orbit insertion : the JPL experience. en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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