Signal Processing

Spirent Launches SimSAFE to Address GNSS Signal Vulnerability

February 11, 2014By
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Spirent Communications, a testing navigation and positioning systems company, today announced the introduction of Spirent SimSAFE, a software solution that concurrently simulates legitimate Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellations and spoofed or hoax signals to evaluate receiver resilience and help develop counter measures. SimSAFE was developed in conjunction with Qascom, GNSS signal security and authentication experts. As GNSS become increasingly... read more

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Collaborative Signal Processing

February 1, 2014By
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More Receiver Nodes Bring Ubiquitous Navigation Closer
Encouraging results from new indoor tests and advances in collaborative phased arrays come from MUSTER: multiple independently operating GPS receivers that exchange their signal and measurement data to enhance GNSS navigation in degraded signal environments, such as urban canyons and indoors. read more

Galileo Achieves First Airborne Tracking

December 12, 2013By
Aircraft position as obtained by Galileo-only receiver during Netherlands flight.

The European Space Agency’s Galileo satellites have achieved their first aerial fix of longitude, latitude and altitude, enabling the inflight tracking of a test aircraft. ESA’s four Galileo satellites in orbit have supported months of positioning tests on the ground across Europe since the first fix in March. Now the first aerial tracking using Galileo has taken place, marking the... read more

UNB Technology Space Launch Delayed

September 16, 2013By
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Update: Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and chief designer, has posted an update on the status of the upcoming Falcon 9 launch on his Twitter account. “Will do another static fire of rocket to make sure all is good & AF [[Air Force]] needs to test ICBMs, so probable launch Sept 29/30,” Musk tweeted. “The static fire is scheduled for later... read more

The System: IRNSS Signal Close up

September 1, 2013By and

IRNSS Signal Close up By Richard Langley, Steffen Thoelert, and Michael Meurer The spectrum of signals from IRNSS-1A, the first satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, as recorded by German Aerospace Center researchers in late July, appears to be consistent with a combination of BPSK(1) and BOC(5,2) modulation. Figure 1 shows that, centered at 1176.45 MHz, the signal... read more

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Signal Quality of Galileo, BeiDou

September 1, 2013By
Figure 1. 30-meter high-gain antenna.

Future positioning and navigation applications of modernizing and newly established GNSSs will require a higher degree of signal accuracy and precision. Thus, rigorous and detailed analysis of the signal quality of recently launched satellites, including the discovery of any possible imperfections in their performance, will have important implications for future users. read more

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GNSS and Radio Astronomical Observations

August 1, 2013By
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An alternative tool for detecting underground nuclear explosions? By Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska, Jihye Park, Joseph Helmboldt,  Ralph R. B. von Frese, Thomas Wilson, and Jade Morton Well-concealed underground nuclear explosions may go undetected by International Monitoring System sensors. An independent technique of detection and verification may be offered by GPS-based analysis of local traveling ionospheric disturbances excited by an explosion.... read more

On the Road under Real-Time Signal Denial

May 1, 2013By
Figure 1 innovITS Advance test circuit (right) and the environment it represents (left).

Emerging GNSS applications in automobiles support regulation, security, safety, and financial transactions, as well as navigation, guidance, traffic information, and entertainment. The GNSS sub-systems and onboard applications must demonstrate robustness under a range of environments and varying threats. A dedicated automotive GNSS test center enables engineers to design their own GNSS test scenarios including urban canyons, tunnels, and jamming sources at a controlled test site. read more