An Algebraic Solution of the GPS Equations

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Authors S. Bancroft
Journal/Conference Name IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Paper Category
Paper Abstract The global positioning system (GPS) equations are usually solved with an application of Newton's method or a variant thereof Xn+1 = xn + H-1(t - f(xn)). (1) Here x is a vector comprising the user position coordinates together with clock offset, t is a vector of tour pseudorange measurements, and H is a measurement matrix of partial derivatives H = fx· In fact the first fix of a Kalman filter provides a solution of this type. If more than four pseudoranges are available for extended batch processing, H-1 may be replaced by a generalized inverse (HTWH)-1HTW, where W is a positive definite weighting matrix (usually taken to be the inverse of the measurement covariance matrix). This paper introduces a new method of solution that is algebraic and noniterative in nature, computationally efficient and numerically stable, admits extended batch processing, improves accuracy in bad geometric dilution of precision (GDOP) situations, and allows a "cold start" in deep space applications.
Date of publication 1985
Code Programming Language Python

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