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Michael E. Jackson1*, Chuck Meertens1, Oivind Ruud1,
Spencer Reeder1, Warren Gallaher1, and Chris Rocken2
1University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Office of Programs
2GPS Science & Technology (GST) Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Office of Programs
* Corresponding author address: Submitted to: GPS Solutions
Michael E. Jackson, UNAVCO Boulder CO Date: May 8, 2001


The University NAVSTAR Consortium (UNAVCO) Boulder Facility is assessing Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology for near real-time transmission of GPS data from a remote receiver to a central processing facility.

The study is motivated by the need for a robust, cost effective data communications solution to transfer GPS data from remote sites where no other communication alternatives exist. Future large-scale plate boundary deformation initiatives using spatially dense networks of GPS will require receivers to be located where the science dictates and not the power or communications infrastructure.

For other applications, such as determining rapid GPS orbits and time transfer, there is a push towards reducing the latency in GPS data used to produce GPS data products and differential corrections (Talaya & Bosch, 1999; Jackson, Meertens & Rocken, 2000, Muellerschoen, Bar-Sever, Bertiger & Stowers, 2001), and to support upcoming Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) missions requiring low latency, 1 s GPS data.

In this paper we evaluate two Ku-band systems, the Nanometrics Libra VSAT and the StarBand 2-way satellite Internet VSAT.

The Nanometrics system test results show that continuous, 1 s GPS data can be streamed from multiple remote stations within the VSAT footprint, quality checked, and delivered for processing with a <2.5>

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