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1 Global Positioning System: what it is and how we use it for measuring the earth’s movement. April 21, 2011

2 References Lectures from K. Larson’s “Introduction to GNSS” / / Strang, G. and K. Borre “Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS”, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, 1997 Blewitt, G., “Basics of the GPS Technique: Observation Equations”, in “Geodetic Applications of GPS” GPS/GPS_Tutorial_2.pdf GPS/GPS_Tutorial_2.pdf Lecture notes from G. Mattioli’ (

3 Basics of how it works Trilateration GPS positioning requires distance to 4 satellites -x,y,z,t -Earth centered, Earth Fixed -Why t? -What are some of reasons why measuring distance is difficult? -How do we know x, y, z, t of satellites?

4 GPS: Space segment Several different types of GPS satellites (Block I, II, II A, IIR) All have atomic clocks – Stability of at least sec 1 sec every ~300,000 yrs Dynamics of orbit? Reference point?

5 Orbital Perturbations – (central force is 0.5 m/s 2) Source Acceleration m/s 2 Perturbation 3 hrs Type Earth oblateness (J 2 ) 5 x hrssecular + 6 hr Sun & moon5 x hrssecular + 12hr Higher Harmonics3 x hrsVarious Solar radiation pressure 1 x daysSecular + 3 hr Ocean & earth tides 1 x dayssecular + 12hr Earth albedo pressure 1 x days From K. Larson

6 GPS: Space Segment 24+ satellites in orbit – Can see 4 at any time, any point on earth – Satellites never directly over the poles – For most mid-latitude locations, satellites track mainly north-south

7 GPS: Satellite Ground Track

8 GPS Signal Satellite transmits on two carrier frequencies: – L1 (wavelength=19 cm) – L2 (wavelength=24.4 cm) Transmits 3 different codes/signals – P (precise) code Chip length=29.3 m – C/A (course acquisition) code Chip length=293 m – Navigation message Broadcast ephemeris (satellite orbital parameters), SV clock corrections, iono info, SV health

9 GPS Signal Signal phase modulated: vs Amplitude modulation (AM)Frequency modulation (FM)

10 C/A and P code: PRN Codes PRN = Pseudo Random Noise – Codes have random noise characteristics but are precisely defined. A sequence of zeros and ones, each zero or one referred to as a “chip”. – Called a chip because they carry no data. Selected from a set of Gold Codes. – Gold codes use 2 generator polynomials. Three types are used by GPS – C/A, P and Y

11 PRN Codes: first 100 bits

12 PRN Code properties High Autocorrelation value only at a phase shift of zero. Minimal Cross Correlation to other PRN codes, noise and interferers. Allows all satellites to transmit at the same frequency. PRN Codes carry the navigation message and are used for acquisition, tracking and ranging.

13 PRN Code Correlation

14 Non-PRN Code Correlation

15 Schematic of C/A-code acquisition Since C/A-code is 1023 chips long and repeats every 1/1000 s, it is inherently ambiguous by 1 msec or ~300 km.

16 BASIC GPS MEASUREMENT: PSEUDORANGE Receiver measures difference between time of transmission and time of reception based on correlation of received signal with a local replica The measured pseudorange is not the true range between the satellite and receiver. That is what we clarify with the observable equation.



19 COMPARE PSEUDORANGE and CARRIER PHASE bias term N does not appear in pseudorange ionospheric delay is equal magnitude but opposite sign troposphere, geometric range, clock, and troposphere errors are the same in both multipath errors are different (phase multipath error much smaller than pseudorange) noise terms are different (factor of 100 smaller in phase data)

20 Atmospheric Effects Ionosphere ( km) – Delay is proportional to number of electrons Troposphere (~16 km at equator, where thickest) – Delay is proportional to temp, pressure, humidity.

21 Vertical Structure of Atmosphere

22 Tropospheric effects Lowest region of the atmosphere – index of refraction = ~ at sea level Neutral gases and water vapor – causes a delay which is not a function of frequency for GPS signal Dry component contributes 90-97% Wet component contributes 3-10% Total is about 2.5 m for zenith to 25 m for 5 deg

23 At lower elevation angles, the GPS signal travels through more troposphere. Tropospheric effects

24 Dry Troposphere Delay Saastamoinen model: P 0 is the surface pressure (millibars)  is the latitude h is the receiver height (m) Hopfield model: h d is 43km T 0 is temperature (K) Mapping function: E – satellite elevation ~2.5 m at sea level 1 (zenith) – 10 (5 deg)

25 Wet Troposphere Correction Less predictable than dry part, modeled by: Saastamoinen model: Hopfield model: h w is 12km e 0 is partial pressure of water vapor in mbar Mapping function: 0 – 80 cm

26 Examples of Wet Zenith Delay

27 Ionosphere effects Pseudorange is longer – “group delay” Carrier Phase is shorter – “phase advance” TEC = Total Electron Content

28 28 Determining Ionospheric Delay Where frequencies are expressed in GHz, pseudoranges are in meters, and TEC is in TECU’s (10 16 electrons/m 2 )

29 Ionosphere maps

30 30 Ionosphere-free Pseudorange Ionosphere-free pseudoranges are more noisy than individual pseudoranges.

31 Multipath Reflected signals – Can be mitigated by antenna design – Multipath signal repeats with satellite orbits and so can be removed by “sidereal filtering”

32 Standard Positioning Error Budget Single FrequencyDouble Frequency Ephemeris Data2 m Satellite Clock2 m Ionosphere4 m0.5 – 1 m Troposphere0.5 – 1 m Multipath0-2 m UERE5 m2-4 m UERE = User Equivalent Range Error

33 Intentional Errors in GPS S/A: Selective availability – Errors in the satellite orbit or clock – Turned off May 2, 2000 With SA – 95% of points within 45 m radius. SA off, 95% of points within 6.3 m Didn’t effect the precise measurements used for tectonics that much. Why not?

34 Intentional Errors in GPS A/S: Anti-spoofing – Encryption of the P code (Y code) – Different techniques for dealing with A/S Recover L1, L2 phase Can recover pseudorange (range estimated using P- code) Generally worsens signal to noise ratio

35 AS Technologies Summary Table Trimble 4000SSi Ashtech Z-12 & µZ From Ashjaee & Lorenz, 1992




39 GEOMETRIC RANGE Distance between position of satellite at time of transmission and position of receiver at time of reception

40 PSEUDORANGE minus GEOMETRIC RANGE Difference is typically dominated by receiver clock or satellite clock.

41 L1 PSEUDORANGE - L2 PSEUDORANGE Differencing pseudoranges on two frequencies removes geometrical effects, clocks, troposphere, and some ionosphere

42 Geometry Effects: Dilution of Precision (DOP) Good GeometryBad Geometry

43 Dilution of Precision Covariance is purely a function of satellite geometry

44 Dilution of Precision

45 Dilution of Precision (VDOP) Wuhan, China, 30 lat Casey station, Antarctica, 66.3 latitude

46 Positioning Most basic: solve system of range equations for 4 unknowns, receiver x,y,z,t P 1 = ( (x 1 - x) 2 + (y 1 - y) 2 + (z 1 - z) 2 ) 1/2 + ct - ct 1 … P 4 = ( (x 4 - x) 2 + (y 4 - y) 2 + (z 4 - z) 2 ) 1/2 + ct - ct 4 Linearize problem by using a reference, or a priori, position for the receiver – Even in advanced software, need a good a priori position to get solution.

47 Positioning vs. Differential GPS By differencing observations at two stations to get relative distance, many common errors sources drop out. The closer the stations, the better this works Brings precision up to mm, instead of m.

48 Single Differencing Removes satellite clock errors Reduces troposphere and ionosphere delays to differential between two sites Gives you relative distance between sites, not absolute position

49 Double Differencing Receiver clock error is gone Random errors are increased (e.g., multipath, measurement noise) Double difference phase ambiguity is an integer

50 High precision GPS for Geodesy Use precise orbit products (e.g., IGS or JPL) Use specialized modeling software – GAMIT/GLOBK – GIPSY-OASIS – BERNESE These software packages will – Estimate integer ambiguities Reduces rms of East component significantly – Model physical processes that effect precise positioning, such as those discussed so far plus Solid Earth Tides Polar Motion, Length of Day Ocean loading Relativistic effects Antenna phase center variations

51 High precision GPS for Geodesy Produce daily station positions with 2-3 mm horizontal repeatability, 10 mm vertical. Can improve these stats by removing common mode error.

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