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Title: Thermal recoil force, telemetry, and the Pioneer anomaly

Abstract

Precision navigation of spacecraft requires accurate knowledge of small forces, including the recoil force due to anisotropies of thermal radiation emitted by spacecraft systems. We develop a formalism to derive the thermal recoil force from the basic principles of radiative heat exchange and energy-momentum conservation. The thermal power emitted by the spacecraft can be computed from engineering data obtained from flight telemetry, which yields a practical approach to incorporate the thermal recoil force into precision spacecraft navigation. Alternatively, orbit determination can be used to estimate the contribution of the thermal recoil force. We apply this approach to the Pioneer anomaly using a simulated Pioneer 10 Doppler data set.

Authors:
;  [1];  [2]
  1. Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9H5 (Canada)
  2. (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21259977
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. D, Particles Fields; Journal Volume: 79; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.79.043011; (c) 2009 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ACCURACY; ANISOTROPY; CONSERVATION LAWS; EMISSION; HEAT TRANSFER; RECOILS; SIMULATION; TELEMETRY; THERMAL RADIATION

Citation Formats

Toth, Viktor T., Turyshev, Slava G., and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109-8099. Thermal recoil force, telemetry, and the Pioneer anomaly. United States: N. p., 2009. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.79.043011.
Toth, Viktor T., Turyshev, Slava G., & Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109-8099. Thermal recoil force, telemetry, and the Pioneer anomaly. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.79.043011.
Toth, Viktor T., Turyshev, Slava G., and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109-8099. 2009. "Thermal recoil force, telemetry, and the Pioneer anomaly". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVD.79.043011.
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title = {Thermal recoil force, telemetry, and the Pioneer anomaly},
author = {Toth, Viktor T. and Turyshev, Slava G. and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109-8099},
abstractNote = {Precision navigation of spacecraft requires accurate knowledge of small forces, including the recoil force due to anisotropies of thermal radiation emitted by spacecraft systems. We develop a formalism to derive the thermal recoil force from the basic principles of radiative heat exchange and energy-momentum conservation. The thermal power emitted by the spacecraft can be computed from engineering data obtained from flight telemetry, which yields a practical approach to incorporate the thermal recoil force into precision spacecraft navigation. Alternatively, orbit determination can be used to estimate the contribution of the thermal recoil force. We apply this approach to the Pioneer anomaly using a simulated Pioneer 10 Doppler data set.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVD.79.043011},
journal = {Physical Review. D, Particles Fields},
number = 4,
volume = 79,
place = {United States},
year = 2009,
month = 2
}
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