UAV shipboard landing with RTK: Carrier phase compensates for wind and wave motion

Chiu Jung Huang, Shau-Shiun Jan

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Limited landing area as well as interference due to wind disturbance and wave motion makes shipboard landings of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) extremely difficult. Use of UAVs at sea can enhance the efficiency of intelligence gathering and surveillance, and could also increase long-range air-strike capability. RTK navigation provides high positioning performance in the range of a few centimeters; the technique can eliminate main errors, including ionospheric and tropospheric errors and satellite clock errors, among others. A base station and a rover station can cover a service area of about 10 to 20 square kilometers. The data transition should be in real time using a wireless VHF or Wi-Fi modem. The analyses of the results included the mean, standard deviations of positioning error, unavailable RTK percentages and the positioning accuracy when RTK was unavailable. All of the analysis results were imported to the SIL simulation using the Gaussian random variable model.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Specialist publicationGPS World
Publication statusPublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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