Design & Test

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

RITA Seeks Experienced Electronics Engineer

December 17, 2012By

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) seeks an experienced Electronics Engineer interested in joining the Office of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT).  RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing rigorous analysis and the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve our Nation’s transportation system.  RITA serves as the lead Administration representing DOT... read more

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Transmissions from Galileo Satellite IOV-4 Begin

December 13, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. The Technische Universitaet Muenchen has reported that transmissions of the L1/E1 signal from Galileo satellite IOV-4 (FM-4) started at about 17:15:10 GPS Time December 12. The navigation signals of both of the recently launched in-orbit validation satellites have now been activated. A number of stations in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation as well as... read more

Directions 2013: Doing More with Less to Advance GNSS

December 1, 2012By

The history of GNSS shows each year has always been more successful than the year prior, and in 2013 we expect the trend to continue. In the United States, the role of GPS will continue to expand, and the applications for our technology will reach sectors we never imagined. As our international partner countries continue to launch GNSS satellites, and user equipment develops further, our community will increase its globalization, and international cooperation will reach new heights. read more

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Directions 2013: Dealing with Interference

December 1, 2012By

In my vision of the future of GNSS, I see a pressing need to manage radio-frequency spectrum more efficiently. This will drive the creation of official standards for GNSS receivers, and better design of those receivers with better filters at lower cost, to protect against out-of-band and near-band interference. This in turn will enable user to undertake widespread monitoring and reporting of in-band interference, and create the freedom for many technologies to explore wider and more productive use of all bands of the radio-frequency spectrum. read more

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