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Mitigation of Ionospheric Mapping Function Error

Hoque, M Mainul and Jakowski, N. (2013) Mitigation of Ionospheric Mapping Function Error. ION GNSS+ 2013, 16.-20. Sep. 2013, Nashville, USA.

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Ionospheric delay is currently considered as a major error source for satellite based navigation systems. The operational standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for Wide Area Differential GPS (WADGPS) ensure Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) users an ionospheric delay correction in addition to satellite clock and orbit corrections. In the current standard, the SBAS broadcasts vertical ionospheric delays in meters at the ionospheric grid points (IGP) located at every five degrees of latitude and longitude. The SBAS user receivers convert them to the slant delay using the so called obliquity factor derived under the assumption of a thin-shell ionosphere fixed at 350 km height. Although the ionospheric correction is available for all broadcast IGPs, the user does bilinear interpolation between IGPs those surround the ionospheric piercing point (IPP) at the thin-shell height. In this paper we present a new mapping function approach for vertical to slant delay conversion. Considering broadcast delays not only at a single IPP rather at different geographic locations along the ray path projected on the thin-shell at 350 km height, our algorithm incorporates the horizontal gradients in the slant delay computation. Instead of collapsing the vertical structure of the ionosphere into a thin-shell we consider the Chapman layer assumption for describing the vertical electron density distribution of the ionosphere. Our investigation shows that using the proposed algorithm instead of the thin-shell algorithm we can reduce the mapping function error by about 50% under high as well as low solar activity conditions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88748/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Mitigation of Ionospheric Mapping Function Error
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Hoque, M MainulMainul.Hoque (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jakowski, N.norbert.jakowski (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2013
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:GNSS, ionosphere, mapping function error
Event Title:ION GNSS+ 2013
Event Location:Nashville, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:16.-20. Sep. 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Ionosphäre (old)
Location: Neustrelitz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Navigation
Deposited By: Hoque, Mohammed Mainul
Deposited On:21 Jul 2014 10:21
Last Modified:03 Dec 2015 13:19

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