Title: WAAS at 15
Author(s): Todd Walter, Karl Shallberg, Eric Altshuler, William Wanner, Chris Harris, Robert Stimmler
Published in: Proceedings of the 2018 International Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation
January 29 - 1, 2018
Hyatt Regency Reston
Reston, Virginia
Pages: 301 - 321
Cite this article: Walter, Todd, Shallberg, Karl, Altshuler, Eric, Wanner, William, Harris, Chris, Stimmler, Robert, "WAAS at 15," Proceedings of the 2018 International Technical Meeting of The Institute of Navigation, Reston, Virginia, January 2018, pp. 301-321.
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Abstract: The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in July 2003. At IOC, WAAS had 25 reference stations in the conterminous United States, Hawaii, Alaska and San Juan Puerto Rico, two master stations, and four uplink stations supporting two narrowband L1 only GEO satellites. Today, WAAS has 38 reference stations including four in Canada and five in Mexico, three master stations, and six uplink stations supporting three wide band L1/L5 GEO satellites. In addition to the architectural expansion, the FAA continued to evolve and maintain the algorithms, hardware and software. With WAAS now turning fifteen years of age, this paper takes stock of these modifications and details the improved service and integrity that has occurred since 2003.