ERROR STUDY OF A WORLDWIDE SATELLITE TRIANGULATION NET
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A proposed three-dimensional geodetic reference system, consisting of 36 stations so situated on the surface of the earth as to form a closed system of approximate equilateral triangles surrounding the globe, is studied in an attempt to find out to what degree of accuracy the station positions can be determined when triangulating the corresponding station coordinates by photogrammetric techniques. The polyhedron of the spatially oriented triangles is formed by photographing a high altitude satellite against the star background. The triangulation method depends on applying analytical photogrammetric techniques to satellite observations where the satellite serves as a high altitude auxiliary triangulation target point. Numerical analyses on the whole net and portions of it are presented from which the problem of error propagation and the influence of the number of baselines can be studied.
- Cartography and Aerial Photography
- Unmanned Spacecraft