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European Satellite PArtnership for Computing Ephemerides

Objective

This ESPACE project aims at strengthening the collaboration and at developing new knowledge, new technology, and products for the scientific community in the domains of the development of ephemerides and reference systems for natural satellites and spacecraft by conjugating expertise of main European research centres involved in space sciences and dynamics, ROB, TUB, JIVE, TUD, CNES, DLR and IMCCE. The main part of the activity is focused on the extraction and analysis of astrometric data from space measurements not yet applied to the dynamics and to combine them with ground-based astrometric data. The project will also advance the European expertise in ultra-precise tracking of planetary probes and other deep space science missions. By these means, we intend to provide new dynamical models for several natural satellites, a characterization of their rotation properties, and improve spacecraft orbit determination methods for space science. The project is organised in 11 work-packages: coordination (management), radio science, laser ranging, VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry), digitized data handling, astrometry, definition of coordination reference frames and improvement of planetary coordinate knowledge, methods for determination of spacecraft and satellites’ ephemerides, formation of databases, data access and distribution methods, educational and outreach activities. The project will concentrate at achieving maximum synergy between all the work packages above in order to deliver to the professional and at-large communities the best scientific products adequate to the present-day cutting-edge space science and technology.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/natural satellites
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/space exploration

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

OBSERVATOIRE DE PARIS
Address
Avenue De L Observatoire 61
75014 Paris
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 513 860
Administrative Contact
Mathieu Jacques (Mr.)

Participants (6)

KONINKLIJKE STERRENWACHT VAN BELGIE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 373 640
Address
Avenue Circulaire 3
1180 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Veronique Dehant (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 276 675
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Ludwig (Ms.)
JOINT INSTITUTE FOR V.L.B.I. IN EUROPE (J.I.V.E.)
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 800
Address
Oude Hoogeveensedijk 4
7991 PD Dwingeloo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Leonid Gurvits (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES - CNES
France
EU contribution
€ 211 721
Address
Place Maurice Quentin 2
75039 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Charles Marty (Dr.)
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 103 293
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Zöllter (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 195 267
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hoekstra (Mr.)