Cycle Slip Detection in Galileo Widelane Signals Tracking

Philippe Paimblanc, Nabil Jardak, Margaux Bouilhac, Thomas Junique, Thierry Robert

Abstract: Precise positioning (based on Precise Point Positioning, PPP, or Real Time Kinematics, RTK) is steadily gaining momentum. The main difficulty when using carrier phase measurements remains to correctly estimate their ambiguities: not only is it a computationally intensive process, but it can be affected by cycle slips (CS), which are brutal variations in ambiguity values, due to receiver’s dynamics or unfortunate reception events. As GNSS constellations are now able to provide users with signals on three different frequencies, the concept of Triple Carrier Ambiguity Resolution has become widespread. It typically relies on the use of widelane signals, which are combinations of raw signals and are defined as to have an apparent wavelength much higher than original signals, thus making accelerating the ambiguity fixing process and reducing the frequency of cycle slips. However, CS may remain a problem for the availability of precise positioning services. The present paper therefore focuses on a cycle slip detection method, based on a hypothesis test. The main idea consists in using both code and widelane phase measurements to compute a geometry- and ionospheric-free test vector, theoretically containing only noise and possible cycle slips. The latter can be detected by looking for brutal changes on the average of the test vector. Performance is assessed on simulated and Rinex data.
Published in: Proceedings of the 31st International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2018)
September 24 - 28, 2018
Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, Florida
Pages: 3887 - 3896
Cite this article: Paimblanc, Philippe, Jardak, Nabil, Bouilhac, Margaux, Junique, Thomas, Robert, Thierry, "Cycle Slip Detection in Galileo Widelane Signals Tracking," Proceedings of the 31st International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2018), Miami, Florida, September 2018, pp. 3887-3896. https://doi.org/10.33012/2018.16038
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