Benefits of Using a Tactical-Grade IMU for High-Accuracy Positioning

M. G. Petovello, M. E. Cannon, and G. Lachapelle

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Abstract: Integration of GPS with inertial sensors can provide many benefits for navigation, from improved accuracy to increased reliability. The extent of such benefits, however, is typically a function of the quality of the inertial system used. Traditionally, high-cost, navigation-grade inertial measurement units (IMUs) have been used to obtain the highest position and velocity accuracies. However, the work documented in this paper uses a Honeywell HG-1700 IMU (1 deg/h) to assess the benefits of a tactical-grade IMU in aiding GPS for high-accuracy (centimeter-level) applications. To this end, the position and velocity accuracy of the integrated system during complete and partial GPS data outages is investigated. The benefit of using inertial data to improve the ambiguity resolution process after such data outages is also addressed in detail. Centralized and decentralized filtering strategies are compared in terms of system performance.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 51, Number 1
Pages: 1 - 12
Cite this article: Petovello, M. G., Cannon, M. E., Lachapelle, G., "Benefits of Using a Tactical-Grade IMU for High-Accuracy Positioning", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 51, No. 1, Spring 2004, pp. 1-12.
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