Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for Precision Farming
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1 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for Precision Farming An Introduction
2 The plan Introduction to GPS What is GPS How GPS works Differential CorrectionIntegration and application of GPS into PF systems
3 Introduction to GPS What is GPS The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a worldwide radio-navigation system formed from a constellation of 24 satellites and their ground stationsGPS receivers use these satellites as reference points to calculate positions and timeOriginally known as NAVigation System with Timing And Ranging (NAVSTAR)
4 How GPS Works (Six Steps) 1. Triangulation2. Distance3. Clocks4. Satellite Position5. Coordinate system6. Errors
5 Triangulation Number of Satellites Locking One distance = sphere Two distances = circleThree distances = two pointsFour distances = one pointThree distances + earths surface = one pointLocking1,2 satellites - No lock, course time3 Satellites - 2D positioning (Earth’s surface assumed)4 Satellites - 3D positioning (Lat/Lon/Alt)
6 Triangulation - critical points Position is calculated from distance measurements (ranges) to satellites.Mathematically we need four satellite ranges to determine exact position.Three ranges are enough if we reject ridiculous answers or use other tricks.Another range is required for calculation of time.
7 Distance Distance = Speed x Time ? Speed of radio waves ? Time 180 miles = 60 miles per hour x 3 hoursSpeed of radio waves ?186 kmpsTime0.06 secondDistance = mps x 0.06 sD = 11,160 miles (11Hr 58 Min period)Accuracy (+/ ,000,001 sec) = +/- 1 ns
8 Distance How does a receiver time the signal travel? Satellites send a pseudo-random code(each sends its own song of 1’s and 0’s)Receiver matches its calculated sequence with the received signal by delaying more or less it’s signalThe amount of delay = the transit time!How does the receiver separate the signals of each of the satellites?Each satellite has it’s own sequence (song) calculated through a formulaFormula is conveyed in data from the satellites
9 Distance - critical points Distance to satellites is determined by measuring signal travel time.Assume satellite and GPS receiver generate same pseudo-random codes at the same time.By synchronizing the pseudo-random codes, the delay in receiving the code can be found.Multiply delay time by the speed of light to get distance
10 Synchronization Satellites timing is extremely accurate. precise atomic clocks on board.All satellite clocks are synchronized and they send their codes at a known timeGround GPS unit synchronizes its clock with the satellitesFour satellites with same time = only one correct solution for 1. time and 3. distances(4 Equations, 4 unknowns)
11 Synchronization - critical points Accurate timing allows distance to satellites to be measuredSatellites achieve accurate timing with on-board atomic clocks.Receiver clocks can be accurate because an extra satellite range measurement can remove errors.
12 Where are the satellites? (ephemeris) Satellites are launched into precise orbitsGPS receivers use an almanac to calculate accurate positions for the satellites (ephemeris)Almanac is sent from satellitesUS Airforce measures error in ephemeris (satellite position and speed) when they fly over C. SpringsCorrected ephemeris info is sent up to the satellite
13 ephemeris - critical points Satellite position (ephemeris) must be known as a reference for range measurements.GPS satellite orbits are very predictable.Minor variations in their orbits are measured by the Department of Defense.The ephemeris error information is sent to the satellites, to be transmitted along with the timing signals.
14 Coordinate Systems ECEF Coordinates See: Peter Dana’s Web site Latitude/Longitude/AltitudeDegrees Minutes Seconds (Ag Hall, OSU USA)Latitude ’ 29” NLongitude ’ 21” WLatitude = degrees from equator N or SLongitude = degrees from Greenwitch E or WAltitude = Meters above reference geoidGPS uses WGS84 Ellipsoid (ECEF)Can be transformed to others: NAD27, NAD83See: Peter Dana’s Web site
15 Coordinate Systems UTM Reference Cartesian positioning in meters Abbreviation for “Universal Transverse Mercator”Divided into cartesian zones60 wide, 840 North to 800 southReferenceSpecifies a starting point for measurementeg.: (NAD 1927)Important to account for error between survey reference and actual lat/lon