An Autonomous Satellite Time Synchronization System Using Remotely Disciplined VC-OCXOs
AbstractAn autonomous remote clock control system is proposed to provide time synchronization and frequency syntonization for satellite to satellite or ground to satellite time transfer, with the system comprising on-board voltage controlled oven controlled crystal oscillators (VC-OCXOs) that are disciplined to a remote master atomic clock or oscillator. The synchronization loop aims to provide autonomous operation over extended periods, be widely applicable to a variety of scenarios and robust. A new architecture comprising the use of frequency division duplex (FDD), synchronous time division (STDD) duplex and code division multiple access (CDMA) with a centralized topology is employed. This new design utilizes dual one-way ranging methods to precisely measure the clock error, adopts least square (LS) methods to predict the clock error and employs a third-order phase lock loop (PLL) to generate the voltage control signal. A general functional model for this system is proposed and the error sources and delays that affect the time synchronization are discussed. Related algorithms for estimating and correcting these errors are also proposed. The performance of the proposed system is simulated and guidance for selecting the clock is provided. View Full-Text
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Gu, X.; Chang, Q.; Glennon, E.P.; Xu, B.; Dempster, A.G.; Wang, D.; Wu, J. An Autonomous Satellite Time Synchronization System Using Remotely Disciplined VC-OCXOs. Sensors 2015, 15, 17895-17915.
Gu X, Chang Q, Glennon EP, Xu B, Dempster AG, Wang D, Wu J. An Autonomous Satellite Time Synchronization System Using Remotely Disciplined VC-OCXOs. Sensors. 2015; 15(8):17895-17915.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gu, Xiaobo; Chang, Qing; Glennon, Eamonn P.; Xu, Baoda; Dempster, Andrew G.; Wang, Dun; Wu, Jiapeng. 2015. "An Autonomous Satellite Time Synchronization System Using Remotely Disciplined VC-OCXOs." Sensors 15, no. 8: 17895-17915.