Global Positioning System (GPS



‡ The current global positioning system (GPS) is the culmination of years of research and unknown millions of dollars. ‡ Navigational systems have been and continue to be developed and funded by the U.S. government. ‡ The current system is managed by the U.S Air Force for the Department of Defense (DOD). ‡ The current system became fully operational June 26, 1993 when the 24th satellite was lunched. ‡ While there are millions of civil users of GPS worldwide, the system was designed for and is operated by the U. S. military.


1 9 73 1 9 77 Decision to develop a satellite navigat ion system ba sed on the systems T RANSIT, TIMATION und 6 2 1B of t he U.S. Air For ce and the U.S. Navy.1 9 74 - 1 9 7 9 System tests First rece iver tests are perf ormed even before t he first satellites are stationed in the orbit. Tran smitte rs are installed on t he eart hs s surface called Pseudolites ( Pseudo satellites) A total of 11 Block I sat ellites are launched in t his per iod. Launching of the f irst Block I satellite car ry ing sensors to detect atom ic exp losions. This satellite is meant to c ont rol the abidance of the agreement of 1 9 63 betw een the USA and the S oviet Union to refrain f rom any nuclear tests on the earth, subm arine or in space. Decision to expand the GPS system. There upon t he resou rces are considerably shortened and the p rogram is rest ruct ured. At f irst only 1 8 satellites should be ope rated. The number of satellites is again raised to 2 4 , as the f unct ionality is not satis fy ing wit h only 18 satel lites. The f inancial sit uati on of the project is cr it ical, as the usef ulness of the system is questi oned again and again by t he sponsors. When a ci vilian airplane of the Korean A irline (Flight 0 0 7) was shot down after it had gone lost over S oviet terri t ory, it was decided to allow the ci vilian use of t he GPSsystem. The ac cident of the space shuttle "Cha llenger" means a draw back for the GPS program, as the space shuttles were s upposed to tran sport Block II GPS satellites to their orbit. Finally the oper ato rs of t he pro gram revert to t he Delta rockets inte nded f or the trans portat ion in t he fi rst place.

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velocity and time. ‡ GPS provides specially coded satellite signals that can be processed with a GPS receiver. enabling the receiver to compute position. ‡ A minimum of four GPS satellite signals are required to compute positions in three dimensions and the time offset in the receiver clock.Introduction--cont. 5 . ‡ Accuracy and precision of data increases with more satellites.

Three Parts ‡ Space segment ‡ Control segment ‡ User segment 6 .

equally spaced (60 degrees apart). ± The satellite orbits are controlled so that at least six should be available.Space Segment ‡ The Air force insures that at least 24 satellites are operational at all times. ± Each satellite circles the earth twice a http://www. ‡ Each satellite broadcasts a unique signal that tells the receiver its location and the exact time. at all 7 .colorado. and inclined at about fifty-five degrees with respect to the equatorial plane. ‡ There are six orbital planes (with nominally four space vehicles (SVs) in each). unobstructed location.html day.

Originally Schriever AFB and four other stations monitored and controlled satellite positions. every satellite can be SV clock corrections for each satellite and update each satellite. 8 .Control Segment The Master Control facility is located at Schriever Air Force Base (formerly Falcon AFB) in Colorado. six more monitor stations of the NGA (National GeospatialIntelligence Agency) were The monitoring stations compute added to the grid. seen from at least two monitor stations. During August and September 2005. precise orbital data (ephemeris) and Now.

‡ The SVs then send subsets of the orbital ephemeris data to GPS receivers over radio signals.Control Segment--cont. 9 . ‡ The Master Control station uploads ephemeris and clock data to the SVs.

surveying. 10 .) and design of the receiver (cost). ‡ Navigation receivers are made for aircraft. GLONAS.User Segment ‡ The primary use of GPS is navigation. compatibility with other navigational systems (WAAS. ± Survey quality GPS units may be as good as one centimeter. ± Most civilian hand held units have an accuracy of 10 meters. ships. ground vehicles. etc. and for hand carrying by individuals. ‡ The accuracy of a receiver depends on the number of channels.

± Surveying ± Recreation ± Navigation ‡ GPS receivers convert satellite signals into position. and time estimates. 11 . ‡ The GPS User Segment consists of all GPS receivers. Z (position) and Time. ‡ Four satellites are required to compute the four dimensions of X. velocity. Y.User Segment--cont.

‡ The GPS signals are available to everyone. ‡ Astronomical observatories. 12 . telecommunications facilities. based on the precise clocks on board the SVs and controlled by the monitor stations. is another use for GPS. and there is no limit to the number and types of applications that use them.User Segment--cont. and laboratory standards can be set to precise time signals or controlled to accurate frequencies by special purpose GPS receivers. ‡ Time and frequency dissemination.

determining positions from distance measurements. the distance between the sender and the receiver can be determined.Principles ‡ The GPS system operates on the principles of trilateration. ‡ This can be explained using the velocity equation.  13 . Distance Velocity = Time ‡ Rearranging the equation for distance: istance   elocity x Time ‡ If the system knows the velocity of a signal and the time it takes for the signal to travel from the sender to the receiver.

14 .000 x 0.000 feet/second. ‡ How far apart are the sender and the receiver if the signal travel time was 0.23 sec = 42. ‡ In the GPS the satellites are at known positions and the receiver calculates its position by knowing the travel time for the signals from at least four satellites.Trilateration Example ‡ The signals from the GPS satellites travel at the speed of light-186.23 seconds? Distance (ft) = Velocity (ft/sec) x Time (sec) ft sec = 186.780 ft  ‡ We know that trilateration requires three distances.

‡ It continuously broadcasts its signal and also sends out a time stamp every time it starts. 15 .Satellite Signals ‡ Each satellite has its own unique signal. ‡ The receiver has a copy of each satellite signal and determines the distance by recording the time between when the satellite says it starts its signal and when the signal reaches the receiver.

‡ With this information the receiver tries to calculate its position. 16 . ‡ Just knowing the distance to one satellite doesn¶t provide enough information.GPS Trilateration ‡ Each satellite knows its position and its distance from the center of the earth. ‡ Each satellite constantly broadcasts this information.

GPS Trilateration--cont. ‡ All the receiver can determine is that it is some where on the perimeter of a circle that is an equal distance from the satellite. its location could be anywhere on the earths surface that is an equal distance from the satellite. ‡ The receiver must have additional information. 17 . ‡ When the receiver knows its distance from only one satellite.

With signals from two satellites. the receiver can narrow down its location to just two points on the earths surface. 18 .GPS Trilateration--cont.

19 . and satellite positions.GPS Trilateration--cont. ‡ Most receivers actually require four to insure the receiver has full information on time. the greater the potential accuracy of the position location. ‡ The more satellite positions that are used. the receiver is located at b. ‡ In this example. the receiver can determine its location because there is only two possible combinations and one of them is out in space. ‡ Knowing its distance from three satellites.

Factors Influencing Position Accuracy The number of satellites (channels) the receiver can track. ± The higher the number of channels---the greater the cost. ± Because of the way the satellites orbit. ± If a larger number of channels are required (6-10). The number of satellites that are available at the time. ± When planning precise GPS measurements it is important to check for satellite availability for the location and time of measurement. the data will be less accurate. ± The number of channels a receiver has is part of it¶s design. ± The higher the number of channels---the greater the potential accuracy. 20 . and at the time of measurement the number available was less than that. the same number are not available at all times.

‡ Differential GPS uses one unit at a known location and a rover. ± The rover data is adjusted for the error.Factors Influencing Position Accuracy--cont. ± To achieve high levels of precision. ± The stationary unit compares its calculated GPS location with the actual location and computes the error.  The system errors that are occurring during the time the receiver is operating. ‡ Real Time Kinematic (RTK) ‡ Post processing 21 . ± The GPS system has several errors that have the potential to reduce the accuracy. differential GPS must be used.

Location Once the GPS receiver has located its position it is usually displayed in one of two common formats: ± Latitude and longitude ± Universal transverse mercator (UTM). 22 .

but they use a different zero reference. 23 . Both use the center of the earth as the vertex.Latitude and Longitude Latitudes and longitudes are angles. and both utilize the equator.

Miles egree 24859.Latitude Latitude gives the location of a place on the Earth north or south of the Equator.82 miles around the poles.82 miles 360 degrees 69.859. Latitude is an angular measurement in degrees (marked with r) ranging from 0r at the Equator to 90r at the poles (90r N for the North Pole or 90r S for the South Pole) The earth¶s circumference is approximately 24.05 miles/degree  Each degree of latitude } 69 miles 24  .

0r.  The latitude of the equator is. 25 .Latitude--Equator  The Equator is an imaginary circle drawn around the planet at a distance halfway between the poles. by definition.  The equator divides the planet into a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere.

Latitude--cont. Four lines of latitude are named because of the role they play in the geometrical relationship with the Earth and the Sun. ± ± ± ± Arctic Circle ² 66r 33 39 N Tropic of Cancer ² 23r 26 22 N Tropic of Capricorn ² 23r 26 22 S Antarctic Circle ² 66r 33 39 S 26 .

± Longitude is given as an angular measurement ranging from 0r at the Prime Meridian to +180r eastward and í180r westward. ± In 1884. 27 . the International Meridian Conference adopted the Greenwich meridian as the universal prime meridian or zero point of longitude.Longitude Longitude describes the location of a place on earth east or west of a northsouth line called the Prime Meridian.

901.55 miles = = 69. Miles 24901.Longitude--cont.17 Miles Degree 360 degrees Degree Each degree o longitude } 69 miles  A longitude of 134o west would be 9.246 west of the prime meridian.  28 .55 miles. The circumference of the earth at the equator is approximately 24.

29 . ‡ The circumference of the earth declines as the latitude increase away from the equator. ‡ There is an important difference between latitude and longitude. ‡ This means the miles per degree of longitude changes with the latitude. ‡ This makes determining the distance between two points identified by longitude more difficult.Longitude--cont.

30 .Mercator Projection ‡ A Mercator projection is a µpseudocylindrical¶ conformal projection (it preserves shape). on an angle from the center of the earth. to the surface of the cylinder. ‡ Points on the earth are transferred. ‡ What you often see on postersize maps of the world is an equatorial mercator projection that has relatively little distortion along the equator. but quite a bit of distortion toward the poles.

This system is very accurate for narrow zones of longitude. successive swaths of relatively undistorted regions can be created. thus providing a north-south oriented swath of little distortion. 31 . in effect. is orient the µequator¶ north-south (through the poles).Mercator Projection ‡ What a transverse mercator projection does. ‡ By changing slightly the orientation of the cylinder onto which the map is projected.

each 6o wide at the equator.UTM Zones The world is divided into 60 zones of latitude. 32 . that extend from 84o N to 80o s. These zones begin at 180o longitude and are numbered consecutively eastward.

33 . The easting coordinates are measured from an artificial reference line drawn perpendicular to the equator and centered in the zone at the equator. In the Northern Hemisphere each zone's northing coordinate begins at the equator as 0.UTM Zones--cont.000. The conterminous United States is covered by 10 UTM grid zones.000 and is numbered north in meters.

one direction on the grid is arbitrarily designated "north-south" and the other "east-west" regardless of the actual compass direction.´ 34 . ‡ The UTM coordinates are called "false northing" and "false easting.UTM--cont. ‡ The UTM system uses a different grid for the polar regions. ‡ Since compass directions have little meaning at the poles. ‡ These areas are covered by a different conformal projection called the Polar Stereographic.

Using Location Information Each system has its advantages and disadvantages. Latitude and longitude Advantages ‡ With the proper instruments. ‡ 35 . UTM Advantages Best method for determining distances between two points. a person can determine their position at the site without using GPS. Used by most maps Disadvantages Difficult to determine distances between two or more points. ‡ Disadvantages Not very useful for finding a location.

912 82.Determining UTM Zone ‡ Treat west longitude as negative and east as positive.079 W.088 + 180 = 82.192 = 13. ‡ Add 180 degrees. ‡ Divide by 6 and round up to the next higher number. -97. ‡ Example: ± The location of the intersection of Hall of Fame and Virginia on OSU campus is 56 7 23. this converts the longitude to a number between zero and 360 degrees.71 N and 97 05 16.8 = 14 6  36 .

usgs. the UTM grid lines are indicated at intervals of 1.Determining a UTM Grid Value for a Map Point ‡ The UTM grid is shown on all quadrangle maps prepared by the U. http://erg.000. Geological Survey (USGS).500.360 scales).gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs07701.html 37 .5-minute quadrangle maps (1:24.000-meter value of the ticks is shown for every tick or grid line.000 and 1:25.S. ‡ On 7.000 scale) and 15-minute quadrangle maps (1:50. 1:62. and standardedition 1:63. ‡ The 1.000 meters. either by blue ticks in the margins of the map or with full grid lines.

‡ The northing of the point is the value of the nearest grid line south of it plus its distance north of that line. or you can draw lines on the map connecting corresponding ticks on opposite edges. you can place a transparent grid overlay on the map to subdivide the grid. ‡ The distances can be measured in meters at the map scale between any map point and the nearest grid lines to the south and west. ‡ To use the UTM grid. its easting is the value of the nearest grid line west of it plus its distance east of that line. 38 .Determining a UTM Grid Value for a Map Point--cont.

39 .Determining Distance Using UTM ‡ In the illustration the UTM coordinates for two points are given. ‡ The distance can be determined using Pythagorean Theorem because UTM is a grid system.

‡ Subtracting the northing proves the length of the vertical side: 535.UTM Example--cont.32. ‡ Subtracting the easting proved the length of the horizontal side: 208. or 574. To find surface distance a curve equation must be used.000 meters.0002  208.0002 = 574011. ‡ The distance between the two points is: Distance = 535..000 meters.. 000 meters Note: this is the plane distance. 40 .

GPS Errors ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Noise Biases Blunder Clock 41 .

Noise Error ‡ Noise errors are the combined effect of code noise (around 1 meter) and noise within the receiver noise (around 1 meter). 42 .

‡ Ephemeris data errors: 1 meter ± Satellite orbits are constantly changing. ± Complex models of tropospheric delay require estimates or measurements of these parameters. ‡ SV clock errors uncorrected by Control Segment can result in one meter errors. Any error in satellite position will result in an error for the receiver position. and humidity associated with weather changes. S. 43 .Bias Error ‡ Selective Availability (SA) ± SA is the intentional degradation of the SPS signals by a time varying bias. SA is controlled by the DOD to limit accuracy for nonU. ± The troposphere is the lower part (ground level to from 8 to 13 km) of the atmosphere that experiences the changes in temperature. ‡ Tropospheric delays: 1 meter. ± Selective availability is turned off. military and government users. pressure.

‡ Multipath: 0. The transmitted model can only remove about half of the possible 70 ns of delay leaving a ten meter unmodeled residual.5 meters. ‡ Unmodeled ionosphere delays: 10 meters. ± Multipath is caused by reflected signals from surfaces near the receiver that can either interfere with or be mistaken for the signal that follows the straight line path from the satellite.Bias Error--cont. 44 . ± The ionosphere is the layer of the atmosphere from 50 to 500 km that consists of ionized air.

‡ User mistakes.Blunder ‡ Blunders can result in errors of hundred of kilometers. ‡ Receiver errors from software or hardware failures can cause blunder errors of any size. 45 . can cause errors from 1 to hundreds of meters. ± Control segment mistakes due to computer or human error can cause errors from one meter to hundreds of kilometers. including incorrect geodetic datum selection.

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