RTK-Quality Positioning With Global Precise Point Positioning Corrections

Nacer Naciri and Sunil Bisnath

Peer Reviewed

Abstract: Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) precise point positioning (PPP) has potential as an alternative or replacement for real-time kinematic (RTK) processing. In this work, we reached for RTK levels of performance without the need for local information through PPP (i.e., centimeter-level positioning that was reached near-instantaneously). This work makes use of information currently available from processing signals from global positioning system (GPS), Galileo, BeiDou-2/3, and GLONASS by fixing ambiguities for the first three constellations on all available frequencies. This processing was done using a four-frequency, four-constellation uncombined decoupled clock model (DCM) that has been expanded as part of this work. The results were tested on 1448 global datasets and showed that instantaneous convergence on average to 2.5 cm error can be achieved for 81% of the stations. These findings were reinforced by the results of epoch-by-epoch processing, as an average of 80% of all single epochs converged below 2.5 cm error at 1s, as opposed to less than the 0.5% typically observed for classic PPP.
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Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 70, Number 3
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