Accession Number : ADP004577

Title :   First Results of GPS (Global Positioning System) Time Transfer to Australia,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Luck,J. M. ; Woodger,J. R. ; Wells,J. E. ; Churchill,P. N. ; Clements,P. A.

Report Date : 02 APR 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : A Global Positioning System time transfer unit built by NBS under contract to JPL was installed at Tidbinbilla Deep Space Communications Complex of the NASA Deep Space Network in June 1983. It has been used to estimate the relationship to UTC(USNO MC) of the Tidbinbilla frequency and time system TID(FTS) based on a hydrogen maser, and thence to estimate the performance of the Australian free-running time scale UTC(AUS). Data from the first three months has been analysed three ways: by two-hop common view using JPL as intermediary; by long-arc interpolation of measurements against space vehicle clocks; and by long-arc interpolation of GPS-Time results. Residuals from a single quadratic fit through three months of UTC(USNO MC) - TID (FTS) results were white noise with standard error 15 ns, and a flying clock measurement gave 70 ns agreement. A straight line fit through results UTC(USNO MC) - UTC (AUS) gave 90 ns standard error and 120 bns agreement. It is proposed to use the GPS measurements to steer UTS(AUS) to UTC(BIH), and to rename the existing time scale TA(AUS). (Author)

Descriptors :   *TIME STUDIES, *GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, RECEIVERS, AUSTRALIA, CLOCKS, TABLES(DATA), CHARTS

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