Tightly Coupled Integration of Ionosphere-Constrained Precise Point Positioning and Inertial Navigation Systems
AbstractThe continuity and reliability of precise GNSS positioning can be seriously limited by severe user observation environments. The Inertial Navigation System (INS) can overcome such drawbacks, but its performance is clearly restricted by INS sensor errors over time. Accordingly, the tightly coupled integration of GPS and INS can overcome the disadvantages of each individual system and together form a new navigation system with a higher accuracy, reliability and availability. Recently, ionosphere-constrained (IC) precise point positioning (PPP) utilizing raw GPS observations was proven able to improve both the convergence and positioning accuracy of the conventional PPP using ionosphere-free combined observations (LC-PPP). In this paper, a new mode of tightly coupled integration, in which the IC-PPP instead of LC-PPP is employed, is implemented to further improve the performance of the coupled system. We present the detailed mathematical model and the related algorithm of the new integration of IC-PPP and INS. To evaluate the performance of the new tightly coupled integration, data of both airborne and vehicle experiments with a geodetic GPS receiver and tactical grade inertial measurement unit are processed and the results are analyzed. The statistics show that the new approach can further improve the positioning accuracy compared with both IC-PPP and the tightly coupled integration of the conventional PPP and INS. View Full-Text
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Gao, Z.; Zhang, H.; Ge, M.; Niu, X.; Shen, W.; Wickert, J.; Schuh, H. Tightly Coupled Integration of Ionosphere-Constrained Precise Point Positioning and Inertial Navigation Systems. Sensors 2015, 15, 5783-5802.
Gao Z, Zhang H, Ge M, Niu X, Shen W, Wickert J, Schuh H. Tightly Coupled Integration of Ionosphere-Constrained Precise Point Positioning and Inertial Navigation Systems. Sensors. 2015; 15(3):5783-5802.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gao, Zhouzheng; Zhang, Hongping; Ge, Maorong; Niu, Xiaoji; Shen, Wenbin; Wickert, Jens; Schuh, Harald. 2015. "Tightly Coupled Integration of Ionosphere-Constrained Precise Point Positioning and Inertial Navigation Systems." Sensors 15, no. 3: 5783-5802.