Courses


Basic navigation course, on-site, customer tailored
Scope Who should attend? Duration
Basic understanding of navigation systems: principles of operation, performance, error models, operational cycle (calibration, initialization, operation and sensor integration). Although the course covers mainly inertial navigation systems (algorithms and sensors), GPS (GNSS) and their integrations, additional navigation systems are presented: dead reckoning, attitude reference unit, magnetic compass, air-data system. Aiding systems with range, altitude, and line of sight data are discussed as well. Methods of designing and analyzing algorithms are presented in the scope of the Kalman filter, error models, Monte Carlo simulations and covariance analysis. An additional section deals with engineering aspects of the development process: specification definition (sensor and system level), test design and analysis.   This course is intended primarily for users of navigation systems: project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, and novice development engineers.   3 days
GNSS system considerations, on-site, customer tailored
Scope Who should attend? Duration
Basic understanding of GPS systems: system architecture, principles of operation, performance, error models. Different modes of operation are discussed: code tracking, phase tracking, differential model (local and wide area). Receiver: architecture, principles of operation, satellite data, output formats, antennas. System sensitivities: interference, jamming, spoofing. Tools to reduce vulnerability: multi-antenna configurations, INS/GPS integrations and their types. GNSS presentation: systems around the world, modern GNSS receivers, GPS modernization.   This course is intended primarily for users of GPS (GNSS) systems: project managers, systems engineers, software engineers, and novice development engineers.   2 days
Advanced navigation course, on-site, customer tailored
Scope Who should attend? Duration
Analytical and simulation tools for navigation system developers: inertial system equations, error model details; random error models; Kalman filter, equations and properties. Sensor error models and their integration into a system error model. GPS (GNSS) error model and its integration into a system error model. Study case I – static alignment of GPS/INS system: simulation details, performance tradeoff with respect to sensor error model. Study case II – airborne GPS/INS system: simulation details, performance tradeoff with respect to sensor model, filter tuning and trajectory dynamics. Study case III – sensor thermal calibration and design: performance tradeoff with respect to sensor error model, test duration and temperature profile. New methods for residual error analysis. Matlab-based class and take-home exercises.   This course is intended primarily for navigation system developers, algorithm designers and performance analysts.   4-5 days
Lectures

These short lectures, aimed for general audience, provide a wide overview on the discussed subject. 

Principles of navigation   1-2 hours
GPS, general principles   1-2 hours
Inertial sensor calibration   1-2 hours
Estimation and Kalman filter   1-2 hours

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