Summary: The task First Look Preprocessing provides a daily check of the functioning of Gaia on the basis of the scientific measurements of the satellite. Within this task, the Ring Solution is a special algorithm with some resemblances to the Great-Circle Reduction of ESA's astrometry satellite HIPPARCOS. The observed stars are connected by their astrometric, attitude and calibration parameters so they form a ring on the celestial sphere. Here, the special interest of the Ring Solution is the estimability and the accuracy of an appropriate set of parameters describing all quantities in question.

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author = {C.~Bernstein and U.~Bastian and S.~Hirte},
title={{F}irst look - description of the ring solution},
institution={Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Heidelberg (part of ZAH, Zentrum fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg)},
type={Technical note}