Between-satellite single-difference integer ambiguity resolution in GPS/GNSS network solutions

  • Rengui RuanEmail author
  • Ziqing Wei
Original Article


In various GNSS applications with high requirements for precision, integer ambiguity resolution (IAR) is of great significance for taking full advantage of precise carrier-phase observations. Until now, there are two approaches to achieving IAR in network solutions, i.e., to resolve double-difference (DD) integer ambiguities or to resolve zero-difference (ZD) integer ambiguities. In this paper, we will present an approach to resolving between-satellite single-difference (BSSD) integer ambiguities in network solutions. BSSD ambiguity fixing can be divided into two main steps: Firstly, WL satellite FCBs are estimated to help to fix WL BSSD ambiguities and then narrow-lane (NL) BSSD ambiguity resolution is performed in a bootstrapping mode: datum BSSD ambiguities are selected and compulsorily fixed to the nearest integers and then a standard sequential fixing procedure is employed for the remaining independent BSSD ambiguities. Network solutions with GPS data from about 130 stations were conducted to validate the proposed approach. Experimental results show that the quality of satellite orbits, station coordinates and satellite clocks obtained with the new approach was almost the same as that with the DD approach. It is also shown that the new approach enjoyed slightly higher fixing ratio for both WL and NL ambiguities and was superior in computation efficiency, e.g., an improvement of 60% on average was achieved in this study. As demonstrated by experiments of precise point positioning (PPP) with 30-min data, satellite clocks achieved with the new approach have the ability to support IAR in PPP, just like those achieved with ZD IAR approach.


GNSS Network solution Integer ambiguity resolution Between-satellite single-difference Integer-recovery clock Precise point positioning 



This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41704035) and the Office of China Navigation Satellite System (Project No. GFZX03010403). The authors are grateful to the International GNSS Service for providing data and products for experiments. The authors are also grateful to the LAMBDA Team for providing the LAMBDA software for reference.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Xi’an Research Institute of Surveying and MappingXi’anChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Geo-information EngineeringXi’anChina

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