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Overview of navigation methods with focus on integration of satellite navigation systems with inertial navigation systems.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AH2916 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • System concepts for positioning and orientation, reference and coordinate systems in navigation
  • Basic principles of inertial sensors: accelerometers and gyroscopes
  • Inertial navigation: navigation equations, error sources and error analysis
  • Integration of GPS and inertial navigation system
  • Celestial navigation
  • Image based navigation

Intended learning outcomes

To give students theoretical and practical knowledge on the modern technologies for positioning and navigation.

After the course, the students will be able to identify and apply a suitable navigation method for different applications.

Course Disposition

Lectures:  20 h                     

Laboration:   36 h

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

  • A completed Bachelor of Science in Engineering or least 180 credits academic studies in a technical program, for example civil engineering, or physics.
  • Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS  e g).
  • AH2923 Global navigation satellite systems or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Jekeli, Ch. (2001); Inertial Navigation Systems with Geodetic Applications. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, New York.
  • Lecture notes and other handouts will be distributed during the lectures

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 4.5 cr)
Approved laboration (LAB1; 3 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AH2916

Offered by

ABE/Geodesy and Satellite Positioning

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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