Development of the Gravity Probe B flight mission

J. P. Turneaure, C. W.F. Everitt, B. W. Parkinson, D. Bardas, S. Buchman, D. B. DeBra, H. Dougherty, D. Gill, J. Grammer, G. B. Green, G. M. Gutt, D. H. Gwo, M. Heifetz, N. J. Kasdin, G. M. Keiser, J. A. Lipa, J. M. Lockhart, J. C. Mester, Barry Muhlfelder, R. ParmleyA. S. Silbergleit, M. T. Sullivan, M. A. Taber, R. A. Van Patten, R. Vassar, S. Wang, Y. M. Xiao, P. Zhou

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Scopus citations


Gravity Probe B is an experiment to measure the geodetic and frame-dragging precessions, relative to the "fixed" stars", of a gyroscope placed in a 650 km altitude polar orbit about the earth. For Einstein's general relativity, the precessions are calculated to be 6.6 arcsec/yr for the geodetic precession and 0.042 arcsec/yr for the frame-dragging precession. The goal of the experiment is to measure these precessions to better than 0.01% and 1%, respectively. This paper gives an overview of the experiment and a discussion of the flight hardware development and its status. This paper also includes an estimate of the geodetic and frame-dragging errors expected for the experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1387-1396
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Space Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Development of the Gravity Probe B flight mission'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this