Design & Test

The System: GPS Alliance, Galileo Budget, EGNOS Safe Skies

March 1, 2013By

New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry; Galileo Lives to Fly Another Day, Budget Passed; Safer Skies for EGNOS; and GLONASS in Brazil New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry A new group, the GPS Innovation Alliance, has formed and announced itself as the voice of the U.S. GPS industry and community of users, to “support the ever-increasing importance of GPS” in... read more

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Innovation: A Better Way

March 1, 2013By
In-opener

Monitoring the Ionosphere with Integer-Leveled GPS Measurements
I am joined by two of my graduate students, who report on an advance in the signal processing procedure for better monitoring of the ionosphere, potentially allowing scientists to get an even better handle on what’s going on above our heads. read more

Spectracom Simulator Compatible with China’s Beidou System

February 20, 2013By

Spectracom has announced its upgrade capability to China’s global navigation satellite system, Beidou. The Spectracom GSG Series 5 and Series 6 GNSS signal simulators, released in 2012, are designed to be field upgradeable to simulate current and future GNSS constellations. GSG simulators are capable of outputting the frequencies, modulations and data formats of anticipated GNSS systems. The January release of... read more

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Spirent Technical Interchange Features Hands-on Demonstrations

February 8, 2013By

Next month Spirent is hosting a meeting with hands-on training sessions on GNSS simulation equipment led by Spirent engineers. The 2013 Spirent Federal 2013 GNSS Technical Interchange Meeting will be held March 19-21 at the DoubleTree Hotel Anaheim-Orange County, in Orange, California. March 19 and 20 are for general participation. The third day, March 21, features FOUO (For Official Use... read more

Symmetricom Enhances SSU 2000 Platform with GLONASS

February 5, 2013By

Symmetricom, Inc. today announced two new capabilities for its SSU 2000 Synchronization Supply Unit: a GLONASS timing reference that uses signals from the satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE), an ITU-T synchronization standard that delivers frequency synchronization over the Ethernet physical layer. This enhanced version of the SSU 2000 will be the... read more

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LabSat 2 Customers Offered Free BeiDou Upgrade

February 4, 2013By

LabSat 2 now has the ability to record and replay satellite signals from the rapidly expanding Chinese navigation system, BeiDou. LabSat 2 users can now record and replay any combination of two channels from the three available constellations, GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou. Existing LabSat 2 users can  download the latest firmware (v2.0.0) and PC software (v2.6.14) to add this functionality... read more

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Anti-Jam Protection by Antenna

February 1, 2013By
Figure 6. Outdoor jamming test campaign.

A controlled radiated pattern antenna can be an effective way to protect GPS receivers against jamming. A new CRPA, composed of seven elements, works on the E5a, E5b, E6, L2, and L1 bandwidths. This article reports on radiation pattern measurements of the array in a test facility. read more

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Expert Advice: BeiDou, How Things Have Changed

February 1, 2013By

Economically, the System Differs Significantly from Its GNSS Cousins John W. Lavrakas In May 2007, I authored an article in GPS World looking ten years into the future and envisioning how the GNSS field would operate at that then-distant time. Reviewing my assessments, I see that I was both accurate and wide of the mark with my predictions. The prediction... read more