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Title: Optimal asteroid mass determination from planetary range observations ; a study of a simplified test model
Authors: Kuchynka, P.
Laskar, J.
Fienga, A.
Keywords: asteroids
mass ranging
Issue Date: 2-Oct-2011
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2011.
Citation: EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011, Nantes, France, October 2, 2011.
Abstract: Mars ranging observations are available over the past 10 years with an accuracy of a few meters. Such precise measurements of the Earth-Mars distance providevaluable constraints on the masses of the asteroids perturbing both planets. Today more than 30 asteroid masses have thus been estimated from planetary ranging data (see [1] and [2]). Obtaining unbiased mass estimations is nevertheless difficult. Various systematic errors can be introduced by imperfect reduction of spacecraft tracking observations to planetary ranging data. The large number of asteroids and the limited a priori knowledge of their masses is also an obstacle for parameter selection. Fitting in a model a mass of a negligible perturber, or on the contrary omitting a significant perturber, will induce important bias in determined asteroid masses. In this communication, we investigate a simplified version of the mass determination problem. Instead of planetary ranging observations from spacecraft or radar data, we consider synthetic ranging observations generated with the INPOP [2] ephemeris for a test model containing ~25000 asteroids. We then suggest a method for optimal parameter selection and estimation in this simplified framework.
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