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Course 336: GPS Fundamentals, Enhancements and Introduction to Differential GPS

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Course 336: GPS Fundamentals, Enhancements and Intro to Differential GPS

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Hegarty, MITRE
1.8 CEUs
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Course Description

This is a 3-day course that presents an overview of how the GPS systems works, its historical evolution, its many applications, and its policy and operational considerations. It provides the fundamentals of GNSS principles and technologies including clocks and timing, orbits and constellations, and satellites and control segment functions as well as an introduction to differential GPS. It gives you a comprehensive introduction to GPS technology and an introduction to differential GPS.

Objectives

  • To give a comprehensive introduction to GPS and DGPS technology, system concepts, design, operation, implementation and applications.
  • To provide detailed information on the GPS signal, its processing by the receiver, and the techniques by which GPS obtains position, velocity and time.
  • To provide and introduction to differential GPS

Prerequisites

  • Some familiarity with engineering terms is helpful but not essential.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers and technical professionals seeking conceptual and detailed explanations of GPS technology, operation, capabilities, applications, and development trends
  • Professionals in navigation, positioning, and related fields who are concerned with the capabilities, operation and principles of GPS, DGPS, and related GNSS systems.
  • System analysts and specialists concerned with position data and its use.
  • Managers concerned with GPS, GNSS activities, or the positioning field.

Materials You Will Keep?

  • A color electronic copy of all course notes will be provided on a USB Drive or CD-ROM. Bringing a laptop to this class is highly recommended for taking notes using the Adobe Acrobat® sticky notes feature; power access will be provided.
  • A black and white hard copy of the course notes will also be provided.

Course Fee Entitles You To The Following Books

Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System, 2nd ed., Ahmed El-Rabbany, Artech House, 2006., OR Global Positioning System: Signals, Measurement and Performance, P. Misra and P. Enge, 2nd ed., 2011. (Note: This arrangement does not apply to on-site contracts. Any books for on-site group contracts are negotiated on a case by case basis.)

Course: 336
ESTEC

Dr. Hegarty really connected with us and was open to all our questions, answering in a very clear and understandable way.

— Adriana Martin, ESSP SAS
Course: 336
ESTEC

Very disciplined, well organized, extremely competent.

— Dariuz Zaurzewski, Fugro Norway AS
Course: 336
ESTEC

I learned the fundamental basis of how GNSS receiver works and what it needs to provide reliable information.

— Mario G., ESTEC
Course: 336
ESTEC

I have appreciated the continuous link made between equations, concrete content and order of magnitude of key figures.

— Anne-cecile Bouscatel, ESTEC
Course: 336
Patuxent, Maryland

This was a very high-quality course. Much better and more informative than what I was expecting. The subject matter expertly [Dr. Hegarty] had incredible knowledge and was entertaining to listen to. Also great reference materials.

— Jerry Rodriquez Melo, Patuxent, Maryland
Course: 336
Patuxent, Maryland

As a mechanical engineer, I regretfully, don’t have all the electrical background to understand all the concepts, but the material is well presented and expertly explained to allow me to follow the info.

— Steven Leopold, Patuxent, Maryland
Course: 336
Patuxent, Maryland

The instructor’s [Dr. Hegarty] knowledge of the subject is very impressive. He gave a lot of interesting information on top of what was posted on the slides. I would consider this extra information very helpful. I now have quite an in-depth knowledge of how GPS works. I can definitely relate the working concepts to the technology I handle at work and to make better decisions.

— Jerry Rodriquez Melo, Patuxent, Maryland
Course: 336
Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Especially useful were the aspects related to how the user receivers make use of the GNSS signals and all the steps involved in the process, from receiving the raw RF signal to the computation of the user position.

— Marc Garcia Mateos, ESA/ESTEC
Course: 336
Noordwijk, The Netherlands

The teaching style of Dr. Christopher Hegarty was quite remarkable.

— Himanshu Sharma, UFAF
Course: 336
Noordwijk, The Netherlands

[The teaching style of the instructor was] very good in that the lecture was based on dialog rather than monolog.

— Jens Laursen, ESA/ESTEC
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