Semester: 2 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 15 hours
Field of study: Geodesy and Cartography
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites: Physics, Satellite Measurement Techniques, Advanced Methods of Observation Elaboration
Contact person: mgr inż. Dariusz Strugarek; e-mail:
Short description: The course develops the skills and knowledge of existing and planned satellite missions in geodesy, geophysics and astronomy with the specification of equipment and instruments carried on the satellites. The course teaches the principles of determining the trajectory of celestial bodies in the field of gravity of n-bodies and sources of orbit perturbations for artificial satellites.
Full description: Overview of satellite missions in geodesy, geophysics and astronomy. Satellite mission for the magnetic and gravity field of the Earth and other celestial bodies with the use of satellite missions, for the study of tectonic activity and volcanism, reduction of satellite observations according to the IERS2010 Conventions, the two-body problem, determination of the circular orbit on the basis of two observations, elliptical orbit determination from three observations, precise orbit determination employing the least squares method, the three-body problem, the libration points, gravity assist, Hohmann transfer, integration of satellite orbits, Gauss and Lagrange decompositions, the effect of the Earth oblateness on Keplerian orbit elements, the impact of harmonics higher order, orbital resonance, resonance of the geostationary satellites, resonance of the GPS satellites, modeling of air drag, modeling the effect of the solar radiation pressure for GNSS satellites, Box-wing model, ROCK models, CODE models, modeling of albedo and thermal radiation of the Earth, the Yarkovsky effect, the Yarkovsky-Schach effect, relativistic effects.
Bibliography: Beutler G. (2005) Methods of Celestial Mechanics. Tom I i II. Springer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-26870-3 European Space Agency – Alpbach: Seeber G. (2003) Satellite Geodesy. 2nd completely revised and extended edition. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge 1.The student has knowledge of existing and planned satellite missions in geodesy, geophysics and astronomy with the specification of instruments located on the satellites. 2.The student has advanced knowledge on the acquisition and analysis of parameters describing the figure of the Earth using geodetic techniques. Skills 1. Student can specify the precision characteristics of instruments for a particular scientific problem. 2. The student is able to determine the trajectory of a celestial body in the gravity field of n-bodies and knows the source of orbit perturbations of artificial satellites. Social competences The course allows acquiring basic knowledge of the design and planning of satellite missions for testing geodetic and geophysical data and detailed knowledge on the analysis of geodetic observations. A preparation of the satellite mission project requires the cooperation of the group.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: grade obtained at classes (100%)

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