Design & Test

Future Wave: L1C Signal Performance and Receiver Design

April 1, 2011By
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The new GPS L1C signal will be broadcast by the Block III satellites, with first launches as early as 2014. L1C innovations significantly enhance PNT performance as well as interoperability with other GNSS signals. The authors describe the benefits of its new features and how best to make use of each one. read more

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Innovation: Realistic Randomization

March 1, 2011By
Figure 3. Data collection, Gamla Stan (Old Town), Stockholm (route and street view).

New Way to Test GNSS Receivers
In this month’s article, we look at an approach to GNSS receiver testing that uses realistic randomization of signal amplitudes based on histograms of carrier-to-noise-density ratios observed in real-world environments. It can be applied to any simulator scenario, independent of scenario details (position, date, time, motion trajectory, and so on), making it possible to control relevant parameters such as the number of satellites in view and the resulting dilution of precision independent of signal-strength distribution. The method is amenable to standardization and could help the industry to improve the testing methodology for positioning devices — to one that is more meaningfully related to real-world performance and user experience. read more

Galileo Test Environment Open for Business

February 14, 2011By

The Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE) in Berchtesgaden, Germany, officially opened on February 4. System operator IFEN GmbH announced GATE's availability for use by commercial and organizational entities seeking to test equipment with the coming Galileo signals. read more

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u-blox, Rohde & Schwarz Successfully Simulate Galileo with u-blox Platform

February 14, 2011By

u-blox and Rohde & Schwarz (R&S), a supplier of test and measurement equipment, have successfully concluded a simulation of the European Galileo satellite positioning system. The test, carried out with the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator and its GNSS simulation options, verified the u-blox proof-of-concept and the compatibility of u-blox receiver technology with the Galileo transmission protocol. read more

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Official Opening of the German Galileo Test and Development Environment GATE

February 2, 2011By

On April 2, German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development Peter Ramsauer will officially open the German Galileo test and development infrastructure GATE with the operator IFEN GmbH. read more

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The System: FCC Asked to Authorize Potential Interferer

February 1, 2011By

In November, December, and January, a regulatory drama with high potential impact on the GPS signal and domestic U.S. GPS users began unfolding before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As this magazine goes to press on January 24, the issue remains far from resolved, although hearings and far-reaching decisions may have transpired by mid-February. A company called LightSquared applied to... read more

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Innovation: GNSS and the Ionosphere

February 1, 2011By
Figure 4. Photo of red and green auroras observed near Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (46 degrees north latitude) early on October 31, 2003. (Courtesy of Richard and Marg Langley.)

What’s in Store for the Next Solar Maximum?
Although the sun can become disturbed at any time, solar activity is correlated with the approximately 11-year cycle of spots on the sun’s surface. We are just coming out of a minimum in the solar cycle and headed for the next maximum, predicted to occur around the middle of 2013. How significantly will GNSS users be affected? In this month’s column, two ionosphere experts tell us what might be in store. read more

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Spectracom Introduces 16-Channel GPS Simulator for Receiver Testing

January 31, 2011By

Spectracom, a global provider of time and frequency test and measurement solutions, will make available its new 16-channel GPS constellation simulator, the Pendulum GSG-55, in March. The GSG-55 is the latest in the Pendulum line of GPS receiver test instruments and part of its solution set for receiving, distributing, and validating GNSS systems. read more

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