On-Orbit Estimation and Calibration of GPS Antenna Geometry Offsets for Attitude Determination of LEO Satellites

Huiling HOU  Weisheng HU  Kang WU  Xuwen LIANG  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E101-A   No.3   pp.644-648
Publication Date: 2018/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E101.A.644
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Spread Spectrum Technologies and Applications
Keyword: 
offset,  estimation,  calibration,  attitude determination,  LEO satellites,  

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Summary: 
In this letter, a novel on-orbit estimation and calibration method of GPS antenna geometry offsets for attitude determination of LEO satellites is proposed. Both baseline vectors in the NED coordinate system are achieved epoch-by-epoch firstly. Then multiple epochs' baseline vectors are united to compute all the offsets via an UKF for a certain long time. After on-orbit estimation and calibration, instantaneous and accurate attitude can be achieved. Numerical results show that the proposed method can obtain the offsets of each baseline in all directions with high accuracy estimation and small STDs, and effective attitudes can be achieved after antenna geometry calibration using the estimated offsets. The high accuracy give the proposed scheme a strong practical-oriented ability.