publication . Conference object . Other literature type . 1991

Tracking small satellites using translated GPS

Don K. Lefevre; Daniel J. Mulally;
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  • Published: 29 Aug 1991
  • Publisher: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Country: United States
Abstract
This paper discusses using translated GPS for tracking small satellites, the technical trade-offs involved, and the position and timing accuracies which are achievable using translated GPS. The Global Positioning System (GPS) uses the relative times-of-arrival of multiple spread-spectrum signals at an antenna to determine the position of the antenna. The system can also determine the time the antenna was at that position. The direct sequence spread spectrum signals are transmitted from GPS satellites whose orbital position and timing (the ephemeris data) are accurately known. Once the GPS signals are received at the antenna, their relative timings are fixed, and...
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arXiv: Physics::Space PhysicsComputer Science::Information TheoryPhysics::Geophysics
free text keywords: Geography, Spread spectrum, Satellite, Orbital elements, Cost effectiveness, Global Positioning System, business.industry, business, Satellite navigation, Remote sensing, Satellite antennas, Satellite tracking
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