FAST-IE57OptionalDoctoral (3rd cycle)Acad. year: 2017/2018Winter semester2. year of study8 credits
Fundamental principles of satellite geodesy. Geocentric spatial coordinate systems and their changes in time. Time systems, calendar. Motion of a satellite in Earth´s gravity field. Unperturbed motion, gravitational influences, accelerations induced by Sun and Moon, solar wind pressure. Definition and realization of conventional inertial and terrestrial systems. Principles, methods and exploitation possibilities of satellite measurements in geodesy and geophysics (VLBI, SLR, LLR, DORIS, satellite altimetry, satellite navigation systems). Methods for determination of positions and time, accuracies and applications. GPS method. Principles of ambiguity resolution. Ionospheric and tropospheric corrections. Accuracy. Optimization of observation and processing procedures. Software systems SKI-Pro and Bernese.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Mode of delivery
20 % face-to-face, 80 % distance learning
Methods of mathematical analysis. Fundamentals of geodetic astronomy. Principles of satellite navigation system GPS, fundamental geodetic applications. Basic principles of GPS data processing.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Burša, M., Kostelecký, J.: Kosmická geodezie a kosmická geodynamika. MNO – GŠ AČR, Praha 1994
Hefty, J.: Globálny polohový systém v štvorrozmernej geodézii. STU Bratislava 2004
Leick A.: GPS Satellite Surveying. John Wiley and Sons 2004
Teunissen P.J.G., Kleusberg A.: GPS for Geodesy. Springer 1998
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Language of instruction
1. Fundamentals of satellite geodesy. Coordinate systems. Time systems. Motion of a satellite in Earth´s gravity field.
2. Inertial and terrestrial systems, definition and realization.
3. Satellite methods in geodesy and geophysics (VLBI, SLR, LLR, DORIS, satellite altimetry, satellite navigation systems).
4. GPS. Principles of ambiguity resolution. Ionospheric and tropospheric corrections. Accuracy.
5. Optimization of observation a processing procedures.
6. GPS processing software systems SKI-Pro and Bernese.
Understanding of satellite geodesy principles, inertial and terrestrial coordinate systems. Understanding of basic applications of satellite methods in geodesy and geophysics. Mastering of GPS applications including observation and processing procedures. Acquaintance with advanced GPS processing tools.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.
Type of course unit
39 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer