Refraction errors in satellite laser tracking data are evaluated by ray tracing through 3-D refractivity profiles. The results indicate that a range resolution of 1 cm or less appears feasible for satellite elevation angles above 10° if the tracking data are corrected using both spherical and gradient correction formulas.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 23, 1978
Published: October 1, 1978
C. S. Gardner, J. R. Rowlett, and B. E. Hendrickson, "Ray tracing evaluation of a technique for correcting the refraction errors in satellite tracking data," Appl. Opt. 17, 3143-3145 (1978)