Title: Multi-Antenna GNSS Receiver for Space Launcher
Author(s): Jérémy Vezinet and Olivier Julien
Published in: Proceedings of the 30th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2017)
September 25 - 29, 2017
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
Pages: 1603 - 1612
Cite this article: Vezinet, Jérémy, Julien, Olivier, "Multi-Antenna GNSS Receiver for Space Launcher," Proceedings of the 30th International Technical Meeting of The Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2017), Portland, Oregon, September 2017, pp. 1603-1612.
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Abstract: This paper presents a multi-antenna GNSS solution for a launch vehicle able to provide position and velocity of the launcher continuously, including during the rotation and acceleration phases of flight. The originality of this work is the development of a multi-antenna, multi-constellation (GPS/GALILEO) and multi-frequency (L1/L5) GNSS positioning solution. The multiple antenna configuration is considered in order to keep tracking a sufficient number of GNSS signals during the whole flight. Under these improved visibility conditions, a navigation solution is proposed combining data received from all antennas to estimate the position and velocity of the launch vehicle. The proposed algorithm is an Extended Kalman Filter that uses code pseudoranges and doppler measurements. In the paper, several configurations and combinations are tested and compared.