Furthering research, exploration, and the peaceful use of outer spacethrough international cooperation
Terms of Reference
The aim of the Panel is to support and coordinate all activities aimed at the detailed description of the motion of artificial celestial bodies. This should be achieved by improvement of the theories of motion and by more sophisticated evaluation of the determining forces. Detailed theoretical understanding of the dynamics of satellites should be matched with the results of precise tracking in order to obtain the most precise knowledge possible of the orbit itself and of individual positions within the orbit.
The activity of the Panel is directed also to the unification of procedures for the adjustment of satellite orbits from very precise tracking data. The comparison and possible unification of definitions of orbital elements is one of the important matters for discussion.
As to the responsibilities in the above-mentioned scientific goals, the Panel endorses the formulation expressed for the responsibilities of the Scientific Commissions.
Last update of terms of reference 23 September 2008
* (after officer term) = second and final term in the office indicated