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AAE57500 - Introduction to Satellite Navigation and Positioning

Fall 2016

Days/Time: TTh / TBA
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To introduce students in engineering and the sciences to the methods of satellite radionavigation. The key physical principles (eg., orbits, reference frames, electromagnetic propagation, atmospheric effects and statistical estimation) will be described in terms of their application to make a complete navigation system work. The specific architecture of the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Galileo system under development in Europe will be emphasized throughout.

This course is intended both for students who have an interest in the development of new satellite navigation technology (eg., receivers, signal processing or software) as well as for students looking to apply satellite navigation methods to problems in their own fields (eg., aircraft navigation, vehicle tracking, wireless device locating, or surveying). The course will progress through all stages of the navigation problem, starting with the structure of the transmitted signals and the definition of coordinate systems, through to the integration of these with key physical models to generate estimates of the end user position.

Topics Covered:
Introduction and Overview (1 week); Signal Structure (2 weeks); Satellite Acquisition and Tracking (2 weeks); Orbits, Satellite Ephemerides and Data Message (1 week); Time and Coordinate Systems (1 week); Atmospheric Effects (1 week); Observations (1 week); Navigation Solutions (3 weeks); Enhancements (2 weeks).

Knowledge of dynamics and linear systems. Computer programming experience (MATLAB desired).

Applied/Theory: 70/30

Web Address:

Web Content:
A link to my current course website, syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, and message board.

5 to 6 homeworks. Homework assignments will involve a substantial amount of computer programming and data processing. Homeworks will be submitted through Blackboard.

Each student will be required to complete a comprehensive literature review on a topic of their choice, selected in consultation with the instructor. If possible, students are advised to find a project relevant to their job. Students are also expected to make some original contribution as part of their project. Examples of an original contribution include: independent reproduction of a published result; comparison of different approaches to solving a problem; or applying a published method to a simple example problem.

No exams for this course.

Required. Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurements and Performance, Misra and Enge, latest version. ISBN 0-9709544-0-9. Hardcover and softcover versions are both acceptable. Text can be purchased from http://www.gpstextbook.com/. Disclaimer: final textbook listings are available in April for fall and summer semesters. Please visit the Listing of Textbooks by College or School for the most up-to-date information.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum computer requirements. Homeworks will require substantial computer programming. Students can use any language of their choice, although MATLAB is strongly preferred. Students are expected to know basic programming structure (loops, conditionals, etc) as well as be able to read formatted data files (text/ASCII).

ProEd Minimum Requirements:

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Other Requirements:
MATLAB strongly recommended. Document camera. Powerpoint. Adobe Acrobat.

James L. Garrison
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045
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