Design & Test

Spirent Announces Support for BeiDou-2 Testing

January 10, 2013By

Test solutions company Spirent Communications plc today announced the availability of test systems with support for China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in addition to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Spirent started shipping BeiDou-ready test systems to customers in 2012. The solution will now be upgraded to full-BeiDou capability using the information from the recently released first full issue of the BeiDou-2... read more

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Septentrio Demonstrates BeiDou+GPS+GLONASS Positioning

January 9, 2013By
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Septentrio announced on January 7 that it has successfully implemented BeiDou support in the company’s high-precision receiver software, taking advantage of the recent official release of BeiDou’s Interface Control Document (ICD) to including the Chinese satellite navigation signals into its position-velocity-time (PVT) solution. According to the Belgian GNSS receiver manufacturer, its engineers “are currently processing further data sets to finalize... read more

JAVAD GNSS Tracks Compass B3 Signals

January 9, 2013By

On December 29, two days after the Compass Interface Control Document (ICD) was made publicly available, JAVAD GNSS announced that it had tracked “B3 signal from all launched Compass satellites, using TRE-G3T-E E6-band capable receiver.  Graphs shows SNR and ‘code-minus-phase’ combination of GEO svn #5 (sat #215 on graph), IGSO svn #8 (sat #218) and MEO svn #14 (sat #224).... read more

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Galileo E6 Signal Tracking Announced by JAVAD GNSS

January 2, 2013By

An announcement on the JAVAD GNSS website states “On December 21, 2012, we have tracked E6 B/C signal from all launched Galileo satellites, using TRE-G3T-E E6-band capable receiver. “The following graphs shows SNR and ‘code-minus-phase’ combination of svn #11 (sat #81 on graph), svn #12 (sat #82) , svn #19 (sat #89) and svn #20 (sat #90). C/A stands for... read more

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The System: Galileo IOV-3, Russian SBAS, Road Tolling

January 1, 2013By
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Galileo IOV-3 Broadcasts E1, E5, E6 Signals; Russian SBAS Luch-5B in Orbital Slot; EGNOS and Galileo in Emergency Call, Road Tolling; Compass ICD Rumored Galileo IOV-3 Broadcasts E1, E5, E6 Signals By Oliver Montenbruck, German Space Operations Center and Richard B. Langley, University of New Brunswick After reaching its final position, the Galileo IOV-3 satellite started transmitting its first ranging... read more

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Spectrum Interference Standards: Seeking a Win-Win Rebound from Lose-Lose

January 1, 2013By
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Based upon lessons learned from the LightSquared situation, the author identifies important considerations for GPS spectrum interference standards, recommended by the PNT EXCOM for future commercial proposals in bands adjacent to the RNSS band to avoid interference to GNSS. read more

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Innovation: Getting at the Truth

January 1, 2013By
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A Civilian GPS Position Authentication System
When a GPS receiver reports its position to a monitoring center using a radio signal of some kind, how do we know that the receiver or its associated communications unit is telling the truth? It’s not that difficult to generate false position reports and mislead the monitoring center into believing the receiver is located elsewhere — unless an authentication procedure is used. In this month’s column, we look at the development of a clever system that uses the concept of supplicant and authenticator to assess the truthfulness of position reports. read more

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Galileo and Compass: A Tale of Also-Runnings

December 19, 2012By

Beating up the backstretch neck and neck, tied for third in the GNSS race, Galileo and Compass today offer some signals and some satellites to GNSS users — as long as those users are researchers. Galileo has more going for it in the way of signals, while Compass holds an edge in the number of satellites. Without an interface control... read more