• LOW BUDGET APPROACH TO ACCURATE TIME TAGGING OF SATELLITE DATA

      Fike, Brian O’dell; Weiss, Michael A.; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)
      The GEOSAT Follow-On (GFO) Time Tag Correlation System (TTCS) was implemented as a ground-based time correlation system for precision time tagging of satellite data. This system uses simple ground hardware and software to convert satellite time to UTC, resulting in time tagging of payload data to within +/- 20 microseconds. The technique described in this paper eliminates the need for an on-board satellite Ultra-Stable Oscillator (USO) to achieve precision time tagging of satellite data and, therefore, can result in a significant cost savings to future missions.