Impact of Albedo Radiation on GPS Satellites [chapter]

C. J. Rodriguez-Solano, U. Hugentobler, P. Steigenberger
2011 International Association of Geodesy Symposia  
GPS satellite orbits available from the International GNSS Service (IGS) show a peculiar pattern in the SLR residuals at the few centimeter level that is related to radiation pressure mismodeling. Part of the mismodeling may be attributed to neglecting the solar radiation reflected and reemitted from the Earth, the albedo radiation, as most IGS analysis centers do not yet take into account this radiation pressure component. In this study the relative importance of different albedo model
more » ... lbedo model constituents is analyzed. The impact of nine albedo models with increasing complexity is investigated using one year of global GPS data from the IGS tracking network. The most important model components are the solar panels of the satellites while different Earth radiation models have a minor impact on orbits at GPS altitudes. Albedo radiation has the potential to remove part of the anomalous SLR residual pattern observed by Urschl et al. (2008) in a Sun-fixed reference frame.
doi:10.1007/978-3-642-20338-1_14 fatcat:u5nulz7pjrfsjffwcutginbzsq