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INVESTIGATION OF THE EFFECT OF IONOSPHERIC GRADIENTS ON GPS SIGNALS IN THE CONTEXT OF LAAS

By S. S. Vemuri, A. D. Sarma, A. S. Reddy, and D. K. Reddy

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Abstract:
Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) is expected to enable the pilots to guide the aircraft more precisely and safely into busy airports even in poor visibility conditions. The anomalous low and equatorial latitude Ionosphere is severe threat to the LAAS system. To characterize the anomalous ionospheric gradients, the performance of an ionospheric threat model is evaluated. In our investigation, in contrast to the reported work available in the open literature, smoothed code phase measurements are used in the threat model to obtain precise ionospheric time delay. The three key parameters of the threat model gradient slope (mm/km), width (km) and front speed (m/s) are used in the analysis. Further, geometry screening using Maximum Ionosphere Induced Error in Vertical (MIEV) as a key parameter is carried out to identify the stationary gradients and its impact on system performance for CAT-I operations. A maximum ionospheric gradient of 355.74 mm/km over a distance of approximately 75 km is reported at mid latitudes. Whereas, in our findings at low/equatorial latitudes even within a distance of approximately 4 km a maximum gradient of 460 mm/km is observed, which is comparatively very high. Our results show that, there is necessity to enhance upper bound for the ionospheric gradients threat space over low latitudes.

Citation:
S. S. Vemuri, A. D. Sarma, A. S. Reddy, and D. K. Reddy, "Investigation of the Effect of Ionospheric Gradients on GPS Signals in the Context of Laas," Progress In Electromagnetics Research B, Vol. 57, 191-205, 2014.
doi:10.2528/PIERB13101305

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