Subject Datasheet

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I. Subject Specification

1. Basic Data
1.1 Title
Satellite Geodesy
1.2 Code
1.3 Type
Module with associated contact hours
1.4 Contact hours
Type Hours/week / (days)
Lecture 2
1.5 Evaluation
1.6 Credits
1.7 Coordinator
name József Ádám
academic rank Professor emeritus
1.8 Department
Department of Geodesy and Surveying
1.9 Website
1.10 Language of instruction
1.11 Curriculum requirements
Optional in the Land Surveying and Geoinformatics (MSc) programme
1.12 Prerequisites
1.13 Effective date
1 September 2022

2. Objectives and learning outcomes
2.1 Objectives
Goal of the subject is that the student be familiar with methods of space geodesy and their fields of application. Knowledge acquired during this course should enable the student to understand and apply main methods that can be found in research papers in his field. Practical examples help the application of the various methods studied.
2.2 Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, the student:
A. Knowledge
B. Skills
C. Attitudes
D. Autonomy and Responsibility
2.3 Methods
2.4 Course outline
WeekTopics of lectures and/or exercise classes
1.Task and division of space geodesy. The structure of the universe. The Solar System. The Earth and its movements.
2.The Earth-Moon system. The apparent motion of celestial bodies. Celestial coordinate systems. The horizon coordinate system.
3.Star catalogues, yearbooks. Calculation of stellar coordinates. Earth reference systems. Relationship between celestial and terrestrial coordinate systems.
4.Time systems.
5.Time measurement needs. Clocks and frequency standards, measurement of time. Signal propagation.
6.Basics of astrogeodetic measurements. Determination of astronomic latitude. Determination of astronomic longitude and azimuth
7.Geodetic artificial satellites. The motion and orbit of satellites in the Earth's gravity field.
8.Calculation of the position of an artificial satellite. Calculation of the topocentric position vector of a satellite. Observation methods and techniques. Photographic observations.
9.Telemetry methods. Doppler measurement method.
10.Global positioning systems (GPS, GLONASS). Calculation of the geocentric position vector of a GPS satellite from on-board orbital elements.
11.Satellite altimetry. Satellite to satellite tracking. Satellite gravity gradiometry.
12.Interferometric measurement of radio sources. Space VLBI.
13.Geodetic applications of satellite geodesy methods. Geometric and dynamic satellite geodesy.
14.Geodetic and geodynamic applications of VLBI.

The above programme is tentative and subject to changes due to calendar variations and other reasons specific to the actual semester. Consult the effective detailed course schedule of the course on the subject website.
2.5 Study materials
  • Seeber, G. : Satellite Geodesy, Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 2008.
  • Curtis, H.: Orbital Mechanics For Engineering Students 4th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2020
  • Nothnagel, A.: Elements of Geodetic and Astrometric Very Long Baseline Interferometry, 2021.
  • Adam, Jozsef, Estimability of Geodetic Parameters from Space VLBI Observables, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, NASA Grant No. NSG 5265, OSURF Proj. No. 711055, 101 pp, July 1990. OSU Report No. 406.
2.6 Other information
2.7 Consultation
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Inactive courses

II. Subject requirements

Assessment and evaluation of the learning outcomes
3.1 General rules
3.2 Assessment methods
Evaluation formAbbreviationAssessed learning outcomes

The dates of deadlines of assignments/homework can be found in the detailed course schedule on the subject’s website.
3.3 Evaluation system
3.4 Requirements and validity of signature
3.5 Grading system
GradePoints (P)
excellent (5)80<=P
good (4)70<=P<80%
satisfactory (3)60<=P<70%
passed (2)50<=P<60%
failed (1)P<50%
3.6 Retake and repeat
3.7 Estimated workload
contact hours14×2=28
preparation for the exam62
3.8 Effective date
1 September 2022
This Subject Datasheet is valid for:
Inactive courses