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ESA’s Navigation Support Office performs Precise Orbit Determination of GOCE re-entry phase

During the last days of the GOCE mission, after the GOCE spacecraft ran out of fuel, it slowly decayed before finally re-entering the atmosphere on the 11th November 2013. As an integrated part of the AOCS, GOCE carried a GPS receiver that was in operations during the re-entry phase. This feature provided a unique opportunity for Precise Orbit Determination (POD) analysis.

As part of the activities carried out by the Navigation Support Office, precise ephemerides of the GOCE satellite have been reconstructed for the entire re-entry phase based on the available GPS observations of the on-board receiver.

Further information can be found at: Precise Orbit Determination of the GOCE re-entry phase