THE APPLICATION OF GPS TO THE H-II ORBITING PLANE

Isao Kawano, Yasufumi Wakabayashi, Tatsushi Izumi, Masatoshi Harigae, Masayuki Ikeuchi, and Hiroaki Maeda

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Abstract: This paper describes the application of GPS to the H-II orbiting plane (HOPE). The HOPE is a Japanese space transportation vehicle that will be launched at the end of the 1990s. It will be launched by the H-II rocket, a Japanese next-generation main launcher, and will return to the earth autonomously after various orbital operations. GPS is a key component in guiding the HOPE safely during the on-orbit, rendezvous, de-orbit, and approach phases. This paper presents the analytical results of GPS receiver design and orbit determination. Specifically, it addresses expected pseudorange and delta range variations, tolerance to high dynamic motion, time to first fix (TIFF), antenna location, and navigation performance. Receiver design is to be verified beforehand by installing the GPS receiver on the orbital re-entry experimental (OREX) vehicle. The OREX vehicle will be launched in 1993 by the first H-II rocket. The main purpose of GPS experiments in the OREX is to evaluate the functions and performance of the GPS navigation system during the on-orbit and re-entry phases.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 38, Number 4
Pages: 317 - 340
Cite this article: Kawano, Isao, Wakabayashi, Yasufumi, Izumi, Tatsushi, Harigae, Masatoshi, Ikeuchi, Masayuki, Maeda, Hiroaki, "THE APPLICATION OF GPS TO THE H-II ORBITING PLANE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter 1991-1992, pp. 317-340.
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