The impact of orbital errors on the estimation of satellite clock errors and PPP

Lou, Yidong, Zhang, Weixing, Wang, Charles, Yao, Xiuguang, Shi, Chuang, & Liu, Jingnan (2014) The impact of orbital errors on the estimation of satellite clock errors and PPP. Advances in Space Research, 54(8), pp. 1571-1580.

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Abstract

Precise satellite orbit and clocks are essential for providing high accuracy real-time PPP (Precise Point Positioning) service. However, by treating the predicted orbits as fixed, the orbital errors may be partially assimilated by the estimated satellite clock and hence impact the positioning solutions. This paper presents the impact analysis of errors in radial and tangential orbital components on the estimation of satellite clocks and PPP through theoretical study and experimental evaluation. The relationship between the compensation of the orbital errors by the satellite clocks and the satellite-station geometry is discussed in details. Based on the satellite clocks estimated with regional station networks of different sizes (∼100, ∼300, ∼500 and ∼700 km in radius), results indicated that the orbital errors compensated by the satellite clock estimates reduce as the size of the network increases. An interesting regional PPP mode based on the broadcast ephemeris and the corresponding estimated satellite clocks is proposed and evaluated through the numerical study. The impact of orbital errors in the broadcast ephemeris has shown to be negligible for PPP users in a regional network of a radius of ∼300 km, with positioning RMS of about 1.4, 1.4 and 3.7 cm for east, north and up component in the post-mission kinematic mode, comparable with 1.3, 1.3 and 3.6 cm using the precise orbits and the corresponding estimated clocks. Compared with the DGPS and RTK positioning, only the estimated satellite clocks are needed to be disseminated to PPP users for this approach. It can significantly alleviate the communication burdens and therefore can be beneficial to the real time applications.

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ID Code: 88777
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Clock estimation; Precise Point Positioning (PPP); Orbital errors; Position and Navigation Data Analyst (PANDA); Station network
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2014.06.012
ISSN: 0273-1177
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2015 04:14
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 04:14

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