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Apparent clock variations of the Block IIF-1 (SVN62) GPS satellite

Montenbruck, Oliver and Hugentobler, Urs and Dach, Rolf and Steigenberger, Peter and Hauschild, André (2012) Apparent clock variations of the Block IIF-1 (SVN62) GPS satellite. GPS Solutions, 16 (3), pp. 303-313. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s10291-011-0232-x ISSN 1080-5370

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10291-011-0232-x


The Block IIF satellites feature a new generation of high-quality rubidium clocks for time and frequency keeping and are the first GPS satellites transmitting operational navigation signals on three distinct frequencies. We investigate apparent clock offset variations for the Block IIF-1 (SVN62) spacecraft that have been identified in L1/L2 clock solutions as well as the L1/L5-minus-L1/L2 clock difference. With peak-to-peak amplitudes of 10–40 cm, these variations are of relevance for future precision point positioning applications and ionospheric analyses. A proper characterization and understanding is required to fully benefit from the quality of the new signals and clocks. The analysis covers a period of 8 months following the routine payload activation and is based on GPS orbit and clock products generated by the CODE analysis center of the International GNSS Service (IGS) as well as triple-frequency observations collected with the CONGO network. Based on a harmonic analysis, empirical models are presented that describe the sub-daily variation of the clock offset and the inter-frequency clock difference. These contribute to a better clock predictability at timescales of several hours and enable a consistent use of L1/L2 clock products in L1/L5-based positioning.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/73975/
Document Type:Article
Title:Apparent clock variations of the Block IIF-1 (SVN62) GPS satellite
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Montenbruck, OliverDLRUNSPECIFIED
Steigenberger, PeterTUMUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2012
Journal or Publication Title:GPS Solutions
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1007/s10291-011-0232-x
Page Range:pp. 303-313
Keywords:GPS Block IIF, clock, bias, L5
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignment
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):no assignment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Montenbruck, Dr.rer.nat.hab. Oliver
Deposited On:23 Jan 2012 17:58
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:36

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