WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: AN OVERVIEW OF GPS MASTER CONTROL STATION ANOMALY DETECTION AND RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES

Jeffrey D. Crum and Ronald T. Smetek, Jr.

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Abstract: The mission of the GPS Master Control Station (MCS) is to maximize the accuracy, reliability, integrity, and continuity of GPS services provided to the worldwide user community. A significant part of this mission involves the detection, prevention, and resolution of a host of satellite vehicle anomalies. Over the last several years, MCS Air Force and contractor personnel have amassed a considerable number of techniques for handling problems quickly, and in many cases preventing them altogether. This paper describes many of these tools in an attempt to impart a better understanding of behind-the-scenes operations to the GPS community at large. Included are examples of actual satellite problems and the analysis that resulted in their ultimate resolution.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 44, Number 2
Pages: 133 - 152
Cite this article: Crum, Jeffrey D., Smetek, Ronald T., Jr.,, "WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: AN OVERVIEW OF GPS MASTER CONTROL STATION ANOMALY DETECTION AND RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer 1997, pp. 133-152.
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