The Need for GPS Standardization

W. Lewandowski, G. Petit, C. Thomas

Abstract: A desirable and necessary step for improvement of the accuracy of GPS time comparisons is the establishment of common GPS standards. For this reason, the CCDS proposed the creation of a special group of experts with the objective of recommending procedures and models for operational time transfer by GPS common-view method. Since the announcement of the implementation of Selective Availability at the end of last spring, action has become much more urgent and this CCDS Group on GPS Time Transfer Standards has now been set up. It operates under the auspices of the permanent CCDS Working Group on TAT and works in close cooperation with the Sub-committee on Time of the CGSIC. Taking as. an example the implementation of SA during the first week of July 1991, this paper illustrates the need to develop urgently at least two standardized procedures in GPS receiver software: monitoring GPS trucks with a common time scale and retaining broadcast ephemeris parameters throughout the duration of a track. Other matters requiring action are the adoption of common models for atmospheric delay, a common approach to hardware design and agreement about short-term data processing. Several examples of such deficiencies of standardization are presented.
Published in: Proceedings of the 23th Annual Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting
December 3 - 5, 1991
Pasadena, California
Pages: 1 - 13
Cite this article: Lewandowski, W., Petit, G., Thomas, C., "The Need for GPS Standardization," Proceedings of the 23th Annual Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications Meeting, Pasadena, California, December 1991, pp. 1-13.
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