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Experimental and simulation study for commercial time transfer service over geostationary satellite

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dc.contributor.author Walker, Jacqueline
dc.contributor.author Genova, Marco
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-18T15:01:18Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-18T15:01:18Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6762
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Time transfer over satellite links has been explored since the satellite era began. Currently, TWSTFT is routinely used between national timing laboratories to align national timing standards and the GPS provides precise timing signals in addition to its more familiar navigation solution. For many years, the possibility of a one-way timing service over satellite has been explored but apart from the GPS a commercial timing service product of this kind is not yet available. This paper reports on an approach to timing signal transfer from a precision reference clock over commercial satellite links with a specified low level of jitter at the receiving stations, making use only of the projected ephemeris information provided by the satellite operator. An initial experiment, reported here, showed that with one master station, measuring aggregate extraneous delays and transmitting positioning and delay data plus a correction factor to the slave stations, allowed transfer of a PPS timing signal with jitter standard deviation of 72ns-98ns and peak-to-peak of around 500ns-600ns, measured against a GPS reference. Subsequent analysis of the experiment uncovered some issues with the implementation which suggested that these results could be substantially improved upon. Furthermore, simulation of the one master station system modeling the aggregate extraneous delays as random white noise plus wander can produce similar results to those obtained in the experiment. Finally, we report on the ongoing development and simulation of a system with three master stations with the desired goal of no more than 100ns of jitter peak-to-peak. Simulations show that obtaining such performance with three master stations for satellite positioning will be highly dependent on the statistics of the noise due to the aggregate extraneous delays. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 44th Precise Time and Time Interval Meeting;
dc.subject time dissemination en_US
dc.subject timing en_US
dc.subject jitter en_US
dc.subject simulation en_US
dc.subject satellites en_US
dc.subject delay effects en_US
dc.subject propagation en_US
dc.title Experimental and simulation study for commercial time transfer service over geostationary satellite en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2018-04-18T14:51:52Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1558938
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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