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Precise positioning of Chang’e 3 lander based on Helmert-VCE-aided weighting method using phase delay data from Chinese VLBI Network

Abstract : The precise positioning of a lander is a key issue during in situ planetary exploration. This paper proposes an optimal weighting algorithm based on a Helmert-variance component estimation applied to VLBI phase delay data. We validated our algorithm on Chang’e 3 lander VLBI phase delay from the Chinese VLBI Network. We consider that the lander positioning accuracy achieved with our new algorithm is at least 53 better, compared to previous estimations based on the same observations. The position of the lander based on continuous 4-day observations was estimated to be 44.1215N (21.9 m), −19.5135E (4.2 m) and −2632.7 m (18.9 m) with respect to a moon reference system. This result agrees well with the position derived from images taken by the Narrow Angle Camera on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Shanhong Liu, Jianguo Yan, Qingbao He, Jianfeng Cao, Mao Ye, et al.. Precise positioning of Chang’e 3 lander based on Helmert-VCE-aided weighting method using phase delay data from Chinese VLBI Network. Advances in Space Research, Elsevier, 2020, 66 (6), pp.1485-1494. ⟨10.1016/j.asr.2020.05.034⟩. ⟨insu-03093638⟩

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