EGU General Assembly 2020
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Simulations of VLBI observations to satellites enabling co-location in space

Nicat Mammadaliyev1,2, Patrick Schreiner2, Susanne Glaser2, Karl Hans Neumayer2, Rolf Koenig2, Robert Heinkelmann2, and Harald Schuh1,2
Nicat Mammadaliyev et al.
  • 1Technische Universität Berlin, Chair of Satellite Geodesy, Straße. des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany(
  • 2Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany (

The exceptional situation of simultaneously observing a dedicated near-Earth orbiting satellite via the four main space geodetic techniques opens the unique opportunity to investigate the additional benefits on the realization of global terrestrial reference frame using co-location in space. Applying co-location in space requires a precise orbit determination (POD) of dedicated satellites for all techniques. In this regard, current VLBI infrastructure is extended by the observation to satellites and the impact of such observation concept on the VLBI estimates is assessed. Thus the main geodetic products including the terrestrial reference frame are investigated within the GGOS-SIM-II project. In this study, the potential influence of orbital errors on the estimates and capability of VLBI observations to satellites within the POD are investigated for different scenarios with varying networks, observation time and measurement noise.  

How to cite: Mammadaliyev, N., Schreiner, P., Glaser, S., Neumayer, K. H., Koenig, R., Heinkelmann, R., and Schuh, H.: Simulations of VLBI observations to satellites enabling co-location in space , EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-20227,, 2020


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