[0905.3798] Gravimetry, Relativity, and the Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Authors: Albert Tarantola, Ludek Klimes, Jose Maria Pozo, Bartolome Coll

Date: 23 May 2009

Abstract: Relativity is an integral part of positioning systems, and this is taken into account in today's practice by applying many "relativistic corrections" to computations performed using concepts borrowed from Galilean physics. A different, fully relativistic paradigm can be developed for operating a positioning system. This implies some fundamental changes. For instance, the basic coordinates are four times (with a symmetric meaning, not three space coordinate and one time coordinate) and the satellites must have cross-link capabilities. Gravitation must, of course, be taken into account, but not using the Newtonian theory: the gravitation field is, and only is, the space-time metric. This implies that the positioning problem and the gravimetry problem can not be separated. An optimization theory can be developed that, because it is fully relativistic, does not contain any "relativistic correction". We suggest that all positioning satellite systems should be operated in this way. The first benefit of doing so would be a clarification and a simplification of the theory. We also expect, at the end, to be able to run the positioning systems with increased accuracy.

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May 27, 2009

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