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On-Board Signal Integrity for GPS



Marc A. Weiss, Pradipta Shome, Ron Beard


The elements of a space-based integrity approach are to monitor the signals on-board the satellite, such that signal performance can be maintained well within desired integrity limits. These elements include 1) a system for monitoring multiple atomic frequency standards (AFS) or clocks, detecting anomalies, and automatically transferring the signal source to a reliable clock, 2) derive a clock and ephemeris solution from a data set independent of the ground control segment, for on-board comparison and verification of the broadcast message 3) hardware methods to ensure valid formation of the broadcast signal. Many of the needed elements are already present in GPS architecture. This combination of design elements is capable of supporting stringent levels of signal integrity.
Proceedings Title
Proc. 2010 ION GNSS Meeting
Conference Dates
September 21-24, 2010
Conference Location
Portland, OR


signal integrity, aviation integrity alerting, GPS architecture, clock anomalies, dual-mixer measurement system


Weiss, M. , Shome, P. and Beard, R. (2010), On-Board Signal Integrity for GPS, Proc. 2010 ION GNSS Meeting, Portland, OR, [online], (Accessed June 14, 2024)


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Created September 21, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017