Multi-constellation GNSS orbit combination based on MGEX products

Mansur, Gustavo; Sakic, Pierre; Männel, Benjamin; Schuh, Harald

The mission of the International GNSS Service (IGS) is to deliver highly accurate GNSS data and products to the scientific users and the community. Among these products, precise orbits, and clocks for GPS and GLONASS are available to the public. These products are system-wise combinations based on solutions provided by the Analysis Centers (AC). Over the past years, the IGS has been putting efforts in extending the service to other navigation satellite systems within the Multi-GNSS Experiment and Pilot Project (MGEX). Several ACs contribute by providing solutions containing not only GPS and GLONASS but also Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS. However, there is no official MGEX combination so far. Therefore, we started to develop a new combination algorithm aiming at a fully consistent multi-constellation solution. We apply two different strategies focusing on the alignment of the orbits to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame (ITRF). In the first strategy, we use the Earth Rotation Parameters (ERP) to align the orbits, whereas in the second strategy Helmert parameters provided by the Terrestrial Frame Combination Center (TFCC) are applied. Based on the alignment we compare the GPS orbit products from both strategies with the official IGS orbits. These preliminary results show that the ERP strategy agrees with the official orbits around by 30 inline-formulamm whereas, with the second strategy, the agreement is around 15 inline-formulamm.

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Mansur, Gustavo / Sakic, Pierre / Männel, Benjamin / et al: Multi-constellation GNSS orbit combination based on MGEX products. 2020. Copernicus Publications.

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