SURV4410

Astronomy and Satellite Positioning

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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: for 30 hour(s) per Term
  • Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 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: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for SURV4410

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