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Phase difference of arrival geolocation

United States Patent

May 16, 2017
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Geolocation is performed by receiving, at a plurality of non-earthbound platforms each moving in a known manner within a spatial coordinate system, a radio frequency (RF) signal transmitted from a transmitter at an unknown location on earth within the spatial coordinate system. For each of the platforms, a phase change of the received frequency carrier is measured over the same duration of time. The measured phase changes are combined to determine the transmitter location.
Mason; John J. (Albuquerque, NM), Romero; Louis (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 527,383
June 19, 2012
This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.