Accession Number : ADA185266

Title :   Use of the Global Positioning System for Trajectory Determination of SRAM II Missiles at the Eastern Test Range.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Zehner, Edwin A

PDF Url : ADA185266

Report Date : Dec 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : This research was intended to determine the accuracy that can be obtained using the Global Positioning System to track SRAM II missiles at the Eastern Test Range. The final goal of the research was to make a definitive calculation of the accuracy offered and compare this against the required accuracy for follow on test and evaluation of SRAM II missiles. The scope was limited to use of GPS equipment currently being developed or already available. The results can be applied to tracking other small, dynamic vehicles at other test ranges. Aside from the GPS satellite constellation the equipment configuration included a master receive station with a GPS receiver at a surveyed location to support differential calculations, and a translator on board the SRAM II. The GPS signals were to be recorded and subjected to post-test processing for increased accuracy. Using this system all error contributions could be adequately estimated except dynamic error and the error due to adequately estimated except dynamic error and the error due to multipath. These two errors could be large and must be studied further before a final error level can be confidently stated.

Descriptors :   *GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, *GUIDED MISSILE TRACKING SYSTEMS, NAVIGATION SATELLITES, ERRORS, ACCURACY, THESES

Subject Categories : Navigation and Guidance
      Target Direction, Range and Position Finding

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE