Overview of Pulsar Navigation: Past, Present and Future Trends

Peter J. Buist, Steven Engelen, Arash Noroozi, Prem Sundaramoorthy, Sandra Verhagen, and Chris Verhoeven

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Abstract: In this contribution we will provide an overview of the work that has been done on pulsar navigation and show a new direction in pulsar-based navigation research. Up until now the focus has been on X-ray pulsars, whereas our focus will be on the possibility of using radio pulsars. The radio frequency range has been neglected because the radio-frequency pulses were assumed to be too weak to detect with antennas of a reasonable size. We will demonstrate that with a relatively small antenna radio pulses can be detected even on Earth. In our discussion we will make a comparison of pulsar navigation with GNSS and the differences are analyzed in a detailed discussion on both navigation methods.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 58, Number 2
Pages: 153 - 164
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