Date of Award

9-17-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

David R. Jacques, PhD.

Abstract

The Global Positioning System (GPS) developed and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) provides a way for users to determine position, navigation and timing (PNT). GPS provides an extraordinary capability that has become instrumental in all aspects of our day to day lives. As new technologies such as automated vehicles and unmanned aircraft continue to be developed, a reliable back up to GPS is required to ensure the PNT data generated in these systems is accurate. This research studies a potential architecture for deploying a nationwide network of ground based pseudolites that would act to supplement and backup GPS for US operations. In addition this research develops a tailorable model for determining pseudolite coverage based on currently available ground infrastructure, varied transmit power levels, and different frequencies.

AFIT Designator

AFIT-ENV-MS-15-S-37

DTIC Accession Number

ADA622131

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Engineering Commons

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