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HUANG Wengeng, A Ercha, LIU Siqing, SHEN Hua, CHEN Yanhong. Effect of the 13 December 2006 Solar Radio Burst on GPS Observations[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2015, 35(6): 679-686. doi: 10.11728/cjss2015.06.679
Citation: HUANG Wengeng, A Ercha, LIU Siqing, SHEN Hua, CHEN Yanhong. Effect of the 13 December 2006 Solar Radio Burst on GPS Observations[J]. Journal of Space Science, 2015, 35(6): 679-686. doi: 10.11728/cjss2015.06.679

Effect of the 13 December 2006 Solar Radio Burst on GPS Observations

doi: 10.11728/cjss2015.06.679
  • Received Date: 2015-01-04
  • Rev Recd Date: 2015-07-14
  • Publish Date: 2015-11-15
  • Solar activity and Earth's space environment can effect the operation and safety of spacecraft, and they are also the main error source of navigation, positioning, and communication based on radio waves applications system. In this field, the L-band solar radio burst is regarded as a potential threat to Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) stability and performance. When the solar radio burst exceeds a threshold value, the radio noise from solar emission will increase dramatically, which can give rise to GNSS receiver tracking loss and positioning failure located in the sunlit hemisphere of the Earth. In this paper, by using the solar radio flux data, L-band scintillation data, and GPS receiver observation network data located in different regions, effect of the 13 December 2006 solar radio burst on GPS observations are investigated in detail. Results show that the disruption caused by this radio burst event is obvious, and the amplitude scintillation events occur and GPS signal losses of lock are detected. Furthermore, the GPS satellite signal locked at several GPS station is interrupted and the observed GPS satellite number is less than 4 during this solar radio burst. The event resulted in GPS service failure for about six minutes. By comparison, those stations located nearby sub-solar point are more serious than that of far away from it.

     

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