Astronomy and Satellite Positioning

Description

Astronomical positioning: Introduction to relative movements of earth, sun and stars; astronomical co-ordinate systems. Azimuth determination from sun observations and star observations in detail. Latitude and longitude determination in principle, with emphasis on error minimisation.

Satellite positioning: Theory and practice of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Exposure of surveying students to the practice of position determination by these methods.

2. Familiarise students with celestial and satellite co-ordinate systems.

3. Familiarise students with the differences between co-ordinates based on ellipsoidal and level surfaces.

Content

Astronomical positioning:

  • Introduction to relative movements of earth, sun and stars
  • Astronomical co-ordinate systems; time; star almanac; refraction.
  • Azimuth determination from sun observations and star observations in detail.
  • Latitude and longitude determination in principle, with emphasis on error minimisation.

Satellite positioning:

  • Theory of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.
  • Practice of precise positioning using GPS series satellites.

Assumed Knowledge

Content covered in courses SURV2180, SURV2340, and SURV3510.

Assessment Items

Report: Project Report

Written Assignment: Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 30 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

NOTE: The above distribution of contact hours may alter on a weekly basis and will be confirmed in the course outline handed to students in Week 1.

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks