The concept and objectives
The ESPACE project aims to strengthen the collaboration in the scientific community, at collecting new
knowledge and developing new technology and products for the development of ephemerides and reference systems for natural satellites and
space crafts. This project is a collaboration linking the expertise of the main European research centers involved in
space science and dynamics: ROB, TUB, JIVE, TUD, CNES, DLR and IMCCE.
The main part
of the activity focuses on the extraction and analysis of astrometric data from
space measurements not yet applied to the systemâ€™s dynamics and to combine them with
ground-based astrometric data. The project will also improve Europe's expertise
in ultra-precise tracking of planetary probes and other deep space science missions.
By these means, we intend to provide new models of the dynamics for several natural
satellites, a description of their rotational properties, and improve spacecraft
orbit determination methods for space science.
The project is organized in 11
work-packages: coordination (management), radio science, laser ranging, VLBI (Very
Long Baseline Interferometry), digitized data handling, astrometry, definition of
coordination reference frames and improvement of planetary coordinate knowledge,
methods for determination of spacecraft and satellite ephemerides, formation of
databases, data access and distribution methods, educational and outreach
The project will concentrate on reaching maximum synergy between all
the work packages above in order to deliver to the professional and at-large
communities the best scientific products adequate for the present-day cutting-edge space science and technology .