Applications of a Dedicated Gravitational Satellite Mission.
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PANEL ON GRAVITY FIELD AND SEA LEVEL
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In the late 1960s, it became clear that satellite-determined gravity field data contained a large amount of geophysical and geodetic information. Today, it appears that satellite technology may be capable of resolving the short- and intermediate-wavelength components 100-1000 km in the earths gravity field, thereby contributing even more significantly to the solution of geophysical and geodetic problems and opening up important oceanic applications. A previous NRC report recommended a dedicated gravitational satellite mission a low-altitude satellite or satellites to be launched specifically for the purpose of accurately determining the details of the earths gravity field subject to the analysis of accuracy requirements and feasibilities. This report is the product of a Workshop held in Washington, D.C., from November 28 to November 30, 1978, under the auspices of the NRCs Committee on Geodesy and its Panel on Gravity Field and Sea Level, to ascertain the applications of a dedicated gravitational satellite mission. Topics include Technology Assessment Solid-Earth Geophysics--Continents and Oceans Oceanic Circulation and Ephemeris and Geodetic Applications.