544-0115/05 – Space Geodesy (CG)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geodesy and Mine SurveyingCredits5
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Kostelecký, DrSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Jan Kostelecký, DrSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KOS10 prof. Ing. Jan Kostelecký, DrSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 28+28
Part-time Credit and Examination 9+9

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

TThe course is focused on the principles of space geodesy and its applications in the creation of global coordinate systems, models of the Earth's gravitational field, creation of the global geoid model and geodynamic and seismic applications.

Teaching methods



The subject scope are celestial and terrestrial coordinate systems used in cosmic geodesy and transformation between them. Temporal systems in astronomy. Basics of undisturbed and disturbed satellite movement. Methods and equipment for astronomical determining of location. Methods of cosmic geodesy.

Compulsory literature:

Kostelecký J.: Přednášky „Kosmická geodézie“ ve formě „ppt“. Kostelecký J. ml.: Globální polohové souřadnicové systémy, skripta, Nakladatelství ČVUT Praha, 2019. Kostelecký, J., Klokočník, J., Kostelecký, J. (ml.): Kosmická geodézie, skripta, Vydalo nakladatelství ČVUT v Praze, 2008 Hofmann-Wellenhof, B., Lichtenegger, H., Wasle, E.: GNSS – Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Springer Verlag, 2008.

Recommended literature:

Kabeláč, J., Kostelecký, J.: Geodetická astronomie 10, skripta, Vydavatelství, ČVUT, Praha, 1998 Burša, M., Kostelecký, J.: Space Geodesy and Space Geodynamics, Praha 1999. Anderson, A. J., Cazenave A.: Space Geodesy and Geodynamics, Academic Press, 1987. Xu Guochang: Orbits, Springer, 2008

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Průběžná kontrola úkolů ve cvičeních. Písemná a ústní zkouška.


Other requirements

Processing of project tasks assigned to the exercises of Space Geodesy subject.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Introduction to space geodesy 2. Kepler movement - repetition. 3. Lagrange's planetary equations - outline of derivation. 4. Movement of artificial satellites in the gravitational field of the Earth. Gaussian planetary equations. 5. Non-gravitational disturbances of artificial satellite orbit. 6. Methods of observation of space geodesy 7. Geodetic, geodynamic and altimetric satellites, geodetic satellite missions. 8. Solving inverse problems of satellite geodesy. 9. Selected applications of space geodesy. 10. Models of Earth's gravitational field. 11. International IERS Service. 12. Determination of oscullating elements from two measured positions. 13. Determination of oscullating elements from state vector. 14. Space geodesy - methods and results - summary. Excercises: 1. Keplerian motion - calculation of satellite position in Keplerian ellipse. 2. Determination of the flattening of the Earth from the analysis of satellite orbit elements. 3. Determination of altimetric geoid. 4. Tectonics from space methods - movement of tectonic plates. 5. Calculation of GNSS satellites position from onboard and precision elements.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2021/2022 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 33  17
        Examination Examination 67  34 3
Mandatory attendence participation: According to teacher's instructions

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2022/2023 (N0532A330037) Engineering Geodesy GEV P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0532A330037) Engineering Geodesy GEV K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0532A330037) Engineering Geodesy GEV P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0532A330037) Engineering Geodesy GEV K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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Assessment of instruction

2021/2022 Summer