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GOP data center for near real-time GPS analysis

The GNSS data center at Geodetic Observatory Pecný (GOP), was established in 2000. Since 2001 the data center has been opened for the comunity and since 2002 it has been part of the EUREF Permanent network.

The primary goal of establishing data centre consisted in supporting GOP near real-time GNSS analysis, namely GNSS-meteorology and precise ultra-rapid orbits. For this reason, the data centre provided hourly data, precise products and necessary supporting information such as GPS system, site-logs etc from the beginning. In later years, the data center was enhanced to provide also daily concatenated data for GPS and GLONASS, global broadcast ephemeris and others, data archive for re-processing, data from national stations or from specific project, GOP products etc.

Main data center functions could be summarized as follows:

  • to pickup the data and products from different FTP sources

  • to control backward (limited) local completeness for mirrored sites

  • to manage effective transfer (e.g. complete corrupted files)

  • to compress and to rename the files unifying the format and filenames

  • to collect and to manipulate relevant meta-data for GNSS stations, systems, products etc.

  • to serve for NRT and post-processed GOP products (EUREF, IGS, E-GVAP etc.).


The structure of the data center is briefly described bellow:

GNSS data are stored only in compressed (and Hatanaka compressed) hourly RINEX files while GPS and GLONASS navigation messages and meteorological information are stored in standard compressed files. The global hourly concatenated GPS and GLONASS data are also provided in the same directory using BRDC name. This data are regularly cleaned after a few days (usually after 4-8 days).

GNSS data are stored only in compressed (and Hatanaka compressed) daily RINEX files. No GPS navigation messages are stored in this directory. Concatenated GPS and GLONASS navigation files can be found in the orbits section.

The IGS final and rapid GNSS orbits and EOP (Earth orientation parameters) are stored here. These products are persistent to serve mainly for the post-processing analysis. The names and the formats are strictly unified.

The subdaily products like the ultra-rapids (4/day) or hourly (24/day) orbits are stored here. The broadcast orbits concatenated from global data are available in hourly updates and daily concatenations. All the file names and the formats are unified.

Log-files for EUREF, IGS and others stations are updated 2-4 times per day followed with extraction lists. The extracted lists are convenient for the fast and easy routine network control. Each line corresponds to one log-file, thus more lines can be found for a single site. The first column identifies the beginning epoch for the last valid change.

Bernese GNSS software ( supporting files are mirrored twice a day directly from ftp-site of the Centre of Orbit Determination in Europe (CODE) at AIUB.

IERS bulletins A and B provide information on the Earth's orientation. Bulletins C and D contain annoncements of the UTC leap seconds, the total differences to TAI atomic time scale and the DUT1 differences (UT1-UTC). All of these are regularly updated.

Actual GPS system status is mirrored directly from the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) a few times a day. The NANUs messages (Notice Advisories to NAVSTAR Users), satellite constellations, outage announcements, satellite health code informations and others are available here.