Efficient On-Orbit Singularity-Free Geopotential Estimation

Abstract: For vehicles in orbital cruise, either in orbit around a body or in a transfer orbit, gravity is the primary external force; therefore, the complexity of the geopotential model heavily influences the accuracy of the navigation state. As this type of spacecraft requires a highly accurate geopotential model and performs the computation numerous times a second, this calculation needs to be efficient. This calculation needs to include the first and second derivatives of the geopotential because n…

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