12.215 Modern Navigation, Fall 2002
Author(s)Herring, T. (Thomas)
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Introduces the concepts and applications of navigation techniques using celestial bodies and satellite positioning systems such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Topics include astronomical observations, radio navigation systems, the relationship between conventional navigation results and those obtained from GPS, and the effects of the security systems, Selective Availability, and anti-spoofing on GPS results. Laboratory sessions cover the use of sextants, astronomical telescopes, and field use of GPS. Application areas covered include ship, automobile, and aircraft navigation and positioning, including very precise positioning applications. From the course home page: Course Description The development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) started in the 1960s, and the system became operational in 1992. The system has seen many diverse applications develop in the last few years with the accuracy of positioning ranging from 100 meters (the civilian restricted accuracy requirement) to 1 millimeter (without the need for a security clearance!) In this course we will apply many of basic principles of science and mathematics learnt at MIT to explore the applications and principles of GPS. We also use GPS and other equipment in the class (and outside on Campus) to demonstrate the uses of this system.
Global Positioning System, science, mathematics, GPS, navigation, accuracy, civilian, application, coordinate systems, lattitude, longitude, deformable, Earth, estimation, aircraft, stochastic, mathematical, models, statistics, dynamic systems, pseudorange, phase measurements, celestial, sattelite, astronomical observations, radio, ship, automobile, Global Positioning System, Electronics in navigation