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Title: Mars Exploration Rovers orbit determination filter strategy.
Authors: McElrath, Timothy P.
Watkins, Michael M.
Portock, Brian M.
Graat, Eric J
Baird, Darren T
Wawrzyniak, Geoffrey G.
Attiyah, Amy A.
Guinn, Joseph R.
Antreasian, Peter G.
Baalke, Ronald C.
Taber, William L.
Keywords: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Orbit Determination (OD)
Issue Date: 17-Aug-2004
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004.
Citation: AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, August 15-20, 2004.
Abstract: The successful delivery of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) landers to well within the boundaries of their surface target areas in January of 2004 was the culmination of years of orbit determination analysis. The process began with a careful consideration of the filter parameters used for pre-launch covariance studies, and continued with the refinement of the filter after launch based on operational experience. At the same time, tools were developed to run a plethora of variations around the nominal filter and analyze the results in ways that had never been previously attempted for an interplanetary mission. In addition to achieving sub-kilometer Mars-relative orbit determination knowledge, the filter strategy and process detected unexpected error sources, while at the same time proving robust by indicating thecorrect solution. Consequently, MER orbit determination set a new standard for interplanetary navigation.
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