Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES OF NAVIGATION
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First Semester
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Course description

Educational goals:
The course aims to provide students with the theoretical and practical foundations of Satellite Navigation.
The course is aimed at developing the student's ability to acquire data with Satellite Positioning Systems, to process and to analyse them
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understand the issues related to the acquisition, processing and representation of GNSS data, in order to solve problems in navigation, survey and representation.
Applying knowledge and understanding: The student, applying the theoretical and practical concepts acquired during the course, must show that he is able to use satellite navigation systems and, moreover, must be able to manage the satellite data on cartographic support.
Making judgments: The student must be able, autonomously, to evaluate the single problem and adopt the best solution methods, even in
situations different from those presented by the teacher during the course.
Communication skills: The student must be able to explain, even to nonexpert people, the concepts of Satellite Navigation in a simple way but with a suitable technical-scientific language.
Learning skills: The student must progressively acquire autonomy in the study of the topics covered by the course. Furthermore, he must be able to update himself by consulting texts and scientific publications in differ languages, as English.


Knowledge of the topics developed during the Mathematical Analysis, Physics, Geodesy and Navigation courses.


CARTOGRAPHY (10 h): References to cartography with particular attention to the reference systems. Exercises with the use of: official cartography, monographs and dedicated software.
GPS (42 h): General - Operating Principle - System Components - WGS84 - GPS Time - Signal Structure - Observable Code and Phase - Phase Ambiguity - Float and Fix Solution - Navigation Message - RINEX File - Ephemeris - Errors - Phase Differences - Phase Combinations - Posioning Principles – Altimetric Framework - Rank Deficiency - Redundant and Independent Observations - Permanent Stations - VRS and MRS - Data decompression with Hatanaka - Quality Check with TEQC. Tutorials: data acquisition with different types of receivers, data processing.
GLONASS (4 h): General - System Components - Operating Principle - PZ90 - Structure of the navigation signal - Frequencies - GLONASS Time.
GALILEO (5 h): The European project GALILEO - System Architecture - Signals - Compatibility between GALILEO and GPS.
EGNOS (5 h): EGNOS as a SBAS System - System Architecture – Operating Principle - EGNOS Message and Corrections - Protection Levels.
GMDSS (6 h): Generalities GMDSS - Terrestrial and Satellite Communications - Digital Selective Calling - DSC Distress Call - SAR communications - Marine Safety Infomation - Scheduled and Unscheduled MSI Broadcasts - NAVAREA and METAREA - NAVTEX Service - INMARSAT System – EPIRB Satellites.

GPS (42 h).
GLONASS (4 h).
GALILEO (5 h).
EGNOS (5 h).
GMDSS (6 h).

Teaching Methods

Teaching methods:
Lessons; Exercises.

Canale Teams:

Codice Teams: n5r0fci


Reference texts:
Cina A. - GPS. Principi, modalità, tecniche di posizionamento. Editore: CELID.
Cina A. - Dal GPS al GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System). Editore: CELID.
Detailed texts:
Leick A. - GPS Satellite Surveying. John Wiley & Sons.
Hofmann-Wellenhof et al. - Global Positioning System Theory and Practice. Springer
Borre K., Strang G. - Linear Algebra, Geodesy, and GPS. Wellesley Cambridge Press.

Learning assessment

Modality of verification of learning:
The exam, aimed at verifying the achievement of the training objectives set, consists of an oral interview with theoretical/practical questions. To this end it is emphasized that, during the interview, various technical supports will be used (cartography, monographs, software, etc.).
In order to pass the exam, the student must know:
- quickly frame the requested topic (min 6 – max 10);
-expose the program’s topics with appropriate technical vocabulary (min 6 – max 10);
-Apply the theoretical concepts to practical cases proposed by the teacher (min 6 – max 10).

More information

Satellite Navigation course A.A. 2021/2022 will start on Monday 4 October 2021.
Monday 15:30-17:30
Wednesday 15:30-17:30
Friday 8:30-10:30
Codice Teams: n5r0fci
Other information:
Attendance is not compulsory but participation during the lessons greatly simplifies the study phase.
It is emphasized that, during the course, seveal exercises are carried out by actively involving the students.

Office hours:
Monday 13:30 - 14:30

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