Multipath Mitigation Technique under Strong Multipath Environment Using Multiple Antennas

Nobuaki Kubo, Kaito Kobayashi, Li Ta Hsu, Osamu Amai

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Abstract

Multipath is a major source of error in high precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) static and kinematic differential positioning in urban environments. This paper describes a unique approach to mitigate strong multipath error: a new multipath mitigation technique ensuring that antenna motion for a rover-moving platform is maintained in the case that the platform is moving slowly or is stopped. It is known that standard GNSS receivers are vulnerable to multipath interference when the rover antenna is static. This is because stable and strong multipath signals can be easily received when the antenna is not moving, as the carrier phase relationship between the direct signal and the reflected signal changes slowly. Conversely, when a vehicle is moving, the received carrier phase relationship between the direct signal and the reflected signal changes rapidly, meaning that the strong reflected signal will be averaged or disappear. We attempt to use this characteristic to mitigate strong multipath errors. Three experiments were conducted to evaluate the proposed technique. The first test results illustrate the case of receiving strong specular reflection in a static condition. The proposed technique of maintaining antenna motion can reduce multipath errors from over 15 m to 1-2 m. In the second test, results represent the case of multipath mitigation in a car by comparing two closely set antennas: one is where the antenna is fixed on the roof of the car; the other is where the antenna is intentionally shaken manually while the car is stopping. The latter case can reduce significant multipath errors that occur while a vehicle is stopping at an intersection traffic signal. Finally, we set 5 patch antennas on top of a car and connect these antennas to rover receiver through the antenna switching devise developed for this purpose. The equipment can switch the antenna according to the set of switching period. This enables the antenna looks moving while the car is stopped or moving very slowly. The equipment itself is very easy to produce and low-cost. The data was obtained near the building in the static condition. Looking at the horizontal position errors, the results using our proposed method were clearly better than the results of normal single antenna. The maximum horizontal errors were reduced about 70%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aeronautics, Astronautics and Aviation
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Antenna
  • GNSS
  • Multipath

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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