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# Coordinates Computation from Almanac Data

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Title | Coordinates Computation from Almanac Data |

Author(s) | J. Sanz Subirana, J.M. Juan Zornoza and M. Hernández-Pajares, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. |

Level | Basic |

Year of Publication | 2011 |

The almanac data allow to compute a raw estimation of the satellites coordinates (1-2 km [math]\displaystyle{ 1- \sigma }[/math] error), which is needed for signal acquisition by the receiver.

The almanac data consist of a reduced set of parameters (with respect to broadcast ephemeris), as it is shown in table 1 for GPS satellites. Similar data is broadcast for Galileo.

Thence, the same equations as in article GPS and Galileo Satellite Coordinates Computation can be used to compute the coordinates from almanac, just taking:

- [math]\displaystyle{ \Delta n = \dot{i} = C_{uc}=C_{us}=C_{rc}=C_{rs}=C_{ic}=C_{is}=0 \qquad \mbox{(1)} }[/math]

- and

- [math]\displaystyle{ i=54^o+\delta i \qquad \mbox{(GPS satellites).} \qquad \mbox{(2)} }[/math]