Accurate characterization of the noise sources affecting BepiColombo’s radio tracking observables
David Bernacchiadownload PDF
Abstract. The ESA mission BepiColombo, nowadays, represents a milestone for the precision levels that can be obtained in the determination of the orbit of a spacecraft. The high accuracy provided by the embedded radio system, together with modern techniques used for the calibration of tropospheric noise, such as the usage of a microwave radiometer, allows to estimate the state of the spacecraft with a very small uncertainty. Doppler measurements collected during the first two Solar Conjunction Experiments performed by BepiColombo have been analyzed in order to understand which are the main sources of residual noise still affecting the data after the calibration process, with the aim of improving the overall calibration procedure itself. The study showed that, even though the usage of radiometers led to a strong reduction of the noise due to the troposphere, the main error source can still be identified in some un-calibrated tropospheric effects. This indicates that the improvement of the overall calibration process strongly relies on the refinement of the method used for tropospheric noise removal.
BepiColombo, Radio Science, Calibrations, Tropospheric Delay, Antenna Mechanical Noise
Published online 9/1/2023, 7 pages
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Citation: David Bernacchia, Accurate characterization of the noise sources affecting BepiColombo’s radio tracking observables, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 33, pp 334-340, 2023
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