AIRCRAFT POSITIONING USING GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM CARRIER PHASE DATA

William B. Krabill, Chreston F. Martin

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Abstract: Results from a flight test of a GPS carrier phase tracking receiver operated on a NASA Orion P-3 aircraft are presented. The trajectory of the aircraft relative to a second, fixed receiver has been determined. The test was made over water, and the GPS vertical trajectory is compared to airborne LIDAR measured altitude data from the NASA Airborne Oceanographic LIDAR (AOL). The two data sets compare with a relative accuracy of 12 centimeters RMS, under poor GPS satellite geometry for vertical positioning. Analysis indicates that 1 to 2 centimeters relative vertical positioning is achievable with carrier phase tracking receivers and good GPS geometry.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 34, Number 1
Pages: 1 - 21
Cite this article: Krabill, William B., Martin, Chreston F., "AIRCRAFT POSITIONING USING GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM CARRIER PHASE DATA", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 1987, pp. 1-21.
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