ASTRODYNAMIC CONSTANTS ANALYSIS.
Final rept., 12 Sep 63-11 May 65,
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In the field of astrodynamics the numerical values of various physical constants are required with the greatest precision possible. The report explains that generally the most desirable units for astrodynamical work are different from those used in the laboratory and rely heavily on astronomical observations. Furthermore, there is much interdependency among them complicated by accidental and unknown systematic errors. By employing statistical methods the accidental errors are reduced and the use of metastatistics reduces the effects of the unknown systematic errors. These techniques are applied to presently available data to establish the best values of various gravitational, geodetic and related constants. The report also recognizes the fact that none of the constants are definitive, but subject to further improvement in the future. Author