NAVIGATION SATELLITES FOR EARTH-ORBITAL AND LUNAR OPERATIONS

Thomas P. Nosek

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Abstract: NUMEROUS STUDIES of navigation satellite systems for terrestrial users (ships and aircraft) have shown that “navsats” can provide very accurate and continuously available navigational information. In this paper, the capability of a synchronous satellite navigation system to service space transportation systems is examined. It is shown that the accuracy and availability of such a system benefits space systems in both earth-orbital and trans-lunar operations. In comparison to today’s ground-based tracking systems, navigation satellites for space support require less equipment and personnel, while vielding accuracy improvements naturally anticipated from the improved geometry. Satellites properly configured could support conventional terrestrial users as well as space operations.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 17, Number 3
Pages: 226 - 233
Cite this article: Nosek, Thomas P., "NAVIGATION SATELLITES FOR EARTH-ORBITAL AND LUNAR OPERATIONS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall 1970, pp. 226-233.
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