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Xueyun Wang, Jingjuan Zhang, Wei Wang, Pengyu Gao, "An Innovative Architecture of UTC GPS/INS System with Improved Performance under Severe Jamming", Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society, vol. 2014, Article ID 185618, 8 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/185618

An Innovative Architecture of UTC GPS/INS System with Improved Performance under Severe Jamming

Academic Editor: Guanghui Wen
Received17 Jan 2014
Accepted12 Feb 2014
Published19 Mar 2014


Ultratightly coupled (UTC) architecture is believed to be the best architecture for Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) integration system due to the advanced data fusion strategy and effective mutual assistance between the subsystems. However the performance of UTC GPS/INS system will be degraded by severe jamming interference, especially when low-grade inertial measurement unit (IMU) is used. To solve this problem an innovative architecture of UTC GPS/INS system is proposed. Since GPS receiver’s antijamming ability is closely related to tracking loop bandwidth, adaptive tracking loop bandwidth based on the fuzzy logics is proposed to enhance antijamming ability for GPS receiver. The bandwidth will be adapted through a fuzzy logic controller according to the calculated carrier to noise intensity ratio . Moreover, fuzzy adaptive integration Kalman filter (IKF) is developed to improve estimation accuracy of IKF when measurement noises change. A simulation platform is established to evaluate the innovative architecture and results demonstrate that the proposed scheme improves navigation performance significantly under severe jamming conditions.

1. Introduction

GPS/INS system is the best solution for many navigation applications and has been a research hotspot since the day it was proposed [13]. By the integration level, integration systems can be classified into three types: loosely, tightly, and ultratightly (also called deeply). Authors differ on what exactly constitutes each of the three couplings [46]; the definitions used here are closest to those given by Gao in [5]. If the GPS receiver is assisted by INS, the GPS/INS system is defined as ultratightly coupled system, in which either pseudorange (PR)/pseudorange-rate (PRR) or inphase ()/quadrature () are taken as measurements by IKF. Due to the advanced data fusion strategy and enhanced navigation performance, UTC GPS/INS system becomes a superior solution to robust and precise navigation in severe jamming environments. However when low-grade inertial sensors (i.e., gyroscopes and accelerometers), like microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices, are used in UTC GPS/INS system, the tracking loop bandwidth of GPS has to be wide enough to calibrate sensor errors effectively [7], which weakens the jamming resistance ability at the same time. Therefore the antijamming property is an important issue for MEMS-based UTC GPS/INS system.

Some investigations have been conducted on this subject. Gao proposed another new architecture of UTC system with a cooperated tracking loop (COOP) inside of traditional GPS tracking loops [5]. A method that adapts bandwidth of delay locked loop (DLL) to carrier to noise intensity ratio () was proposed to handle high interference or weak signal environment and it indicated improvement in antijam margin over an INS/GPS with fixed bandwidths [7], but carrier tracking loop, that is, phase locked loop (PLL), is not considered. Besides the adaptation is realized by a quadratic polynomial which is derived by experiments and experiences. Ohlmeyer proposed a UTC GPS/INS system featured by a bank of prefilters to estimate code delay error and the Doppler frequency error for each satellite. This design was also considered more robust to jamming and dynamics [8]. Effects of inertial measurement unit (IMU) on weak signal tracking were also analyzed. Research was conducted on performance enhancement for ultratightly coupled GPS/INS system using a fuzzy adaptive strong tracking unscented Kalman filter, verifying the effectiveness of fuzzy logic adaptive control (FLAC) [9]. Similar conclusions about advantages of FLAC were also drawn in [1012].

Aimed at improving navigation performance under severe jamming and changing noise conditions, an innovative architecture of UTC GPS/INS system is proposed. Firstly the FLAC is applied to adjust PLL bandwidth according to GPS signal noise intensity which is measured by . Adaptive PLL bandwidth will enhance the antijamming ability of the GPS receiver. Moreover FLAC is also used in the design of adaptive IKF in which the measurement noise model is tuned online according to the innovation covariance. The state estimation accuracy of adaptive IKF is improved if the measurement noises change. The proposed architecture is assessed by simulations conducted through a self-developed simulation platform.

2. Problem Description

As PLL endures most of the noise interference and dynamic stress, DLL is generally locked in if PLL is locked in, so most attention is paid to the vulnerable PLL tracking. For robust and precise navigation, PLL should always be locked in. Generally severe jamming and high dynamics are the causes that force PLL to lose track. Narrowing the tracking loop bandwidth will improve the antijamming ability but will lose track more easily under high dynamics due to the large Doppler shifting caused by vehicle maneuver. In UTC GPS/INS system, as most of the Doppler shifting is compensated by INS aiding information, PLL tracking loops only need to eliminate the residual Doppler shifting mainly caused by errors of INS aiding information. The contradictory requirement for tracking loop bandwidth is much relieved. However, when low-grade MEMS IMU is used, the errors of aiding the Doppler information are considerable. Therefore, PLL bandwidth has to be wide enough to handle aiding errors and calibrate MEMS sensors as well. To obtain both good high-dynamic property and strong antijamming ability, PLL bandwidth needs to be adapted according to the noise intensity. Nevertheless, although adaptive bandwidth is employed, severe jamming could still cause obvious changes to the characteristics of GPS outputs (i.e., IKF measurements), so fixed measurement noise model for IKF described a priori is inappropriate. Hence an adaptive IKF in which measurement noise covariance matrix can be tuned in real-time is needed.

3. Methodology

3.1. Fuzzy Logic Adaptive PLL Bandwidth

When PLL is well locked in, the errors of PLL-derived pseudorange-rate are mainly thermal noise whose standard deviation is affected by its bandwidth and . The relationship can be expressed as follows [13, 14]: where is standard deviation of PRR, c is light speed, is carrier frequency, is the Doppler integration time, is coherent integration time for and , and is PLL bandwidth.

All the parameters except for and are constants for a specific GPS receiver, so if decreases, has to decrease accordingly to constrain PRR error within a certain level. If conversely increases, ought to increase to obtain better performance under high dynamics and better calibration for inertial sensors. However, in fact the bandwidth should not be adjusted thoroughly according to (1). The first reason is that PLL are not always well locked in. Secondly, the corresponding bandwidth in severe jamming could be too much narrow that PLL easily loses track due to vehicle maneuvers or errors of INS aiding information. As basic adaptation principles are clear, fuzzy adaptive logic control is preferred for the adjustment of PLL bandwidth.

On the basis of the analyses above an adaptive PLL bandwidth based on fuzzy logic is designed. The fuzzy logic controller’s input is (in unit of dB-Hz) and output is PLL bandwidth (in unit of Hz). The membership function (MF) for fuzzification and defuzzification is shown in Figures 1 and 2. Note that the bandwidth starts at 0.1 Hz, not 0. Fuzzy rules are listed in Table 1.

If   is Then  bandwidth is

Low (LW)Narrow (NR)
Medium (MD)Normal (NM)
High (HG)Wide (WD)

The designed fuzzy logic controller belongs to the type of Mamdani. Max-Min inference method is applied to define the results of fuzzy rules and centroid defuzzification is employed to extract outputs.

A vital issue arises on how to determine the input, . Here variance summing method (VSM) is used to calculate using the sampled GPS signals after downconverting [15, 16].

The integrate-and-dump results at sampled time i, inphase and quadrature , can be divided into signal and noise: where and are signal amplitude and navigation data, respectively, and denotes PLL phase error. is the integration number yielding where is coherent integration interval and is sample interval.

If PLL is in good lock-in condition, which means is fairly small, and approximate to

Since binary phase shift keying (BPSK) technique is used in GPS signal modulation, navigation data yields . Set a new variable by the following equation:

Assume and are both zero-mean noise and have the same standard deviation , so the mean and variance of are as follows, respectively: Thus equations of the average carrier power and average noise power take the following forms: Finally the carrier to noise density ratio can be determined by the following formula:

3.2. Fuzzy Logic Adaptive IKF

Details about standard algorithm of the Kalman filter can be found in many papers [17]. Applications based on KF not only demand correct state transition matrix and measurement matrix but also presume complete and accurate a priori information about the process noise and measurement noise. If any of the requirements are not met, KF may propagate suboptimal estimates or even diverge. Previously substantial work has been done to obtain correct state transition matrix and measurement matrix for GPS/INS system, making it not a problem at all. Moreover, the stochastic statistics of the process noise, which mainly refers to inertial sensors’ white noise and the driving noise (also white) of the Gauss-Markov process, can be determined with methods such as the Allen variance. Besides, characteristics of process noises do not change greatly unless faults happen. However it is different for the measurement noises. The covariance of measurement noise cannot be constrained within a certain level under various jamming conditions, even though PLL bandwidth has been adapted. Once measurement noise changes, its covariance matrix needs to be corrected so that divergence caused by noise model inaccuracy could be avoided and better state estimates could be made. That is the exact purpose of adaptive IKF. There are several ways to accomplish this goal and they are classified into four categories, namely, Bayesian, maximum likelihood, correlation (autocorrelation), and covariance matching [18]. The fourth approach implemented by fuzzy logic control is selected for the innovative UTC GPS/INS system and the algorithms are as follows.

Innovation, also named as residual, is critical information for the Kalman filter. It is defined as the discrepancy between actual measurements and predicted measurements:

In the equation, k is the time sequence mark and represents the actual measurements. is the measurement matrix and is the formerly estimated state vector. Theoretically in normal conditions, the innovation is zero-mean white noise whose covariance is related to the covariance of process noise and the measurement noise, yielding where is state transition matrix from time to k, is covariance matrix of estimation errors at time , is covariance matrix of process noise, is covariance matrix of measurement noise, and and are set as diagonal matrices by the assumption that all the process noises and measurement noises are uncorrelated.

The actual innovation covariance is defined as the averaging covariance of the newest sampled innovations and the number is decided by the length of moving window: where is the start of the moving window. is applied empirically to provide smoothing and the exact value employed in this paper is 10.

If KF proceeds normally, the theoretical and actual covariance of innovations should be identical; otherwise the covariance matrix of measurement noise must be impropriate provided that , , and are all correct. So the fundamental principle of fuzzy logic adaptive IKF is to adjust measurement noise covariance matrix as what it should be according to the discrepancy between the theoretical and actual covariance of innovations.

The input for the fuzzy logic controller is the ratio of the actual innovation covariance and theoretical innovation covariance: Only the diagonal elements are reserved to be the inputs. As the fuzzy logic controller is a single-input-single-output system, each of the diagonal elements in has to go through the fuzzy logic controller one after another to achieve a corresponding result. Finally all the results will form the controller’s output, which is also a diagonal matrix containing scale factors for the correction of measurement noise covariance matrix. For the next integration navigation, the corrected is shown as follows: where is the scale factor matrix.

The input and output MFs of the fuzzy logic controller for adaptive IKF are shown in Figures 3 and 4. Fuzzy rules are listed in Table 2. All configurations about the fuzzy logic controller are identical with those of PLL bandwidth.

If  covariance ratio  is Then  scale factor  is

Low (LW)Smaller (SM)
Medium (MD)Normal (NM)
High (HG)Bigger (BG)

Since fuzzy logic adaptive controller is designed and applied to improve the antijamming ability of IKF, the mathematic model of the IKF in this innovative architecture is different from conventional IKF. The mathematic model of new IKF can be divided into two parts and they are detailed as follows.

Part 1. The algorisms of the Kalman filter are The meanings of the symbols that are not explained in this paper could be found in [17].

Part 2. The adjustment of measurement covariance matrix is

After the adjustment of measurement covariance matrix, algorisms of KF will be conducted again with the new measurement covariance matrix. Through correcting the fuzzy logic controller improves the antijamming ability of the conventional IKF so that the UTC INS/GPS system gains a much better performance under severe jamming conditions.

The scheme diagram of the innovative architecture of UTC GPS/INS system is shown in Figure 5.

4. Simulation and Analysis

4.1. Simulation Configurations

To verify the effectiveness of the proposed architecture, a simulation package is developed and its compositions are shown in Figure 6. First of all, the trajectory simulator (TS) gives a specific trajectory which includes vehicle attitude, velocity, and positions, based on which the IMU data generator calculates the actual acceleration and all the angular rates for the inertial sensor triads in body frame. Secondly the intermediate frequency (IF) data generator takes the actual trajectory from TS, as well as all kinematics parameters of GPS satellites from the GPS constellation simulator, to produce the IF data for GPS software defined receiver (SDR). At last IKF takes PR and PRR from GPS SDR and navigation data from INS to perform integration navigation. The innovative scheme will be evaluated by comparing its navigation solutions with the actual trajectory. The GPS SDR is developed on the basis of the fundamental work previously done by Kai Borre and so forth [19] and it has been verified by processing real GPS IF data to obtain correct navigation results. The IF data generator and GPS constellation simulator are then certified by the verified GPS SDR.

The 3-dimensional position of the 50-second simulated trajectory is shown in Figure 7 and magnitudes of velocity and acceleration are shown in Figure 8.

A four-satellite GPS constellation with a nominal GDOP of 2.52 is used by the single frequency SDR whose integrate-and-dump operation rate and PR/PRR update rate are both 1000 Hz. Second-order tracking loops are engaged for DLL and PLL. The bandwidth of DLL is 0.1 Hz while the bandwidth of PLL will be discussed specially in the next section. The error characteristics of IMU are basically determined in accordance with generic MEMS sensors and the essential parameters are listed in Table 3. The IMU data sampling interval is 1 millisecond while the integrated navigation is operated every 100 milliseconds. Although Earth-Centered-Earth-Fixed (ECEF) coordinates are used to calculate PR and PRR and so forth, navigation results are finally provided in geographic coordinates. As each satellite channel is independent and equivalent, only the loop tracking and PRR results of satellite number 3 (pseudorandom number 3) are displayed to draw conclusions in the following sections.

Error sourcesError values

Bias60 deg/h10 mg
Scale factor200 ppm200 ppm
Random walk0.2 deg/ 0.12 m/s/

4.2. Evaluation of the Proposed Architecture

A wide range of jamming is artificially simulated from 20 s to 38 s to evaluate the performance of fuzzy adaptive PLL bandwidth and fuzzy adaptive IKF. Jamming forces to decrease sharply from 45 dB-Hz to 25 dB-Hz at 20 s and keeps it at 25 dB-Hz until 30 s. Then jamming gradually weakens and recovers to 45 dB-Hz at an increment of 2.5 Hz-dB every second. The true , calculated , and the adapted PLL bandwidth are shown in Figure 9. For standard UTC GPS/INS system the PLL bandwidth is fixed at 3 Hz. However for the innovative one the bandwidth is adapted down to about 0.8 Hz according to the calculated whose accuracy is better than 3 dB-Hz. As a result of the narrowed PLL bandwidth, the PRR accuracy of innovative architecture has improved significantly compared with the standard one, from 3.02 m/s to 0.85 m/s in terms of maximum error as shown in Figure 10. It is worth pointing out that if the PLL bandwidth of standard architecture is set at 0.8 Hz, PLL will lose track during the initial speedup because the high acceleration causes great dynamic pressure that the narrowed bandwidth is not able to handle. Therefore, the fuzzy adaptive PLL bandwidth is a more intelligent and robust solution for severe jamming interference.

Nevertheless, in spite of being improved, the PRR noise still increases compared with that when jamming is not involved, from 0.10 m/s to 0.23 m/s in terms of standard deviation, so the covariance matrix of measurement noise should be corrected accordingly. The PRR noise standard deviations that are used to form the measurement noise covariance matrices of standard IKF and innovative one are shown, respectively, in the upper plot of Figure 11. The ratios of real and theoretical innovation variances of satellite number 3 are shown in unit of dB in the lower plot of Figure 11. They indicate how well the measurement noise model corresponds to reality. In normal situations, the ratios should be around 1 (0 dB). At first the PRR noise standard deviations of both architectures are set as 0.06 m/s, which is a little bit lower than the true value 0.10 m/s. The measurement noise model of standard IKF is not modified. However, in the adaptive IKF, the PRR noise standard deviation is quickly adjusted by the IKF fuzzy logic controller to about 0.1 m/s until the jamming happens. After jamming disappears at 38 s, PRR noise model is tuned back to 0.1 m/s again. For the standard architecture, the ratio of real and theoretical innovation variance ranges from −5 dB to 15 dB, but for the innovative architecture, the ratio is kept around 0 dB all the time, implying that the measurement noise model is correct and accurate.

The east, north, and up velocity errors of both architectures are given in Figure 12. Clearly the innovative architecture has a much improved navigation performance under severe jamming conditions than the standard one. In terms of maximum error, the velocity accuracy of the innovative architecture during 20 s–38 s is 0.73 m/s while the standard one only gets to 2.05 m/s. In terms of standard deviation, the performances of innovative and standard schemes are 0.10 m/s and 0.31 m/s, respectively, during the same period of time.

5. Conclusion

An innovative architecture of UTC GPS/INS integrated system is proposed to reinforce the antijamming ability. The architectural features include adaptive PLL bandwidth and adaptive IKF, both of which are implemented through fuzzy logics. Firstly, PLL bandwidth is adjusted according to calculated , so the antijamming ability of GPS receiver is reinforced. Secondly the measurement noise covariance matrix of IKF is tuned online according to innovation covariance, so the estimation accuracy is improved when the measurement noises change. The algorithms are detailed and a simulation platform is developed to verify the effectiveness of the proposed architecture. Results presented in this paper demonstrate that the innovative architecture improves the navigation performance significantly under severe jamming conditions. Further work essentially lies in the algorithm verification with real data and the implementation of the system by hardware. By then the practical usage of fuzzy logic and additional computation burden should be dealt with dedicatedly.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


This research was sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 61079017). The authors are grateful for the support it provided.


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