Satellite geodesy is the measurement of the form and dimensions of the
Earth, the location of objects on its surface and the figure of the Earth's gravity field by means of satellite techniques. In other words, geodesyby means of satellites. It belongs to the broader field of space geodesy, which also includes such techniques as geodetic Very Long Baseline Interferometry(VLBI) and lunar laser ranging.
Traditional astronomical geodesy, which includes astronomical positioning, is "not" commonly considered a part of satellite geodesy. Also
surveyingby GPShas become so commonplace that it is less and less considered part of satellite geodesy.
atellite geodetic measurement techniques
* Geodetic use of global positioning satellite systems (
GPS, GLONASS, Galileo)
* Laser ranging to satellites (SLR)
Interferometric synthetic aperture radar(InSAR) over land;
* Satellite radar altimetry (mostly over oceans);
Seasat, Geosat, TOPEX/Poseidon, ERS-1, ERS-2, Jason-1, Envisat
* Satellite laser altimetry (over land);
* Satellite orbital tracking for determining the Earth's gravitational field; e.g.,
* Satellite gradiometry (measuring the gravity gradient from orbit);
* Satellite-to-satellite tracking; GRACE.
* [http://www.esa.int/export/esaLP/goce.html GOCE]
* [http://www.csr.utexas.edu/grace/ GRACE]
* [http://www.gfz-potsdam.de/pb1/op/champ//index_CHAMP.html CHAMP]
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