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An important part of the current GPS modernization program, M-code is the name given to a new signal that is designed to improve both the security and anti-jamming properties of military navigation using GPS. Importantly, the M-code is designed to be autonomous, and so users will be able to calculate their positions using only the M-code signal (unlike the existing military P(Y) code, which also requires use of the C/A code). Radically, in addition to the normal wide-angle broadcast, t...

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L2C is the name given to one of the new signals to be broadcast from the satellites in the modernised GPS constellation. This new signal is intended for civilian use (hence the “C”), and will be broadcast on the L2 frequency at 1227.6MHz by all satellites from block IIR-M onwards. The L2C signal is one of the key means by which the modernized GPS will offer improved accuracy and availability for civilian applications based on dual-frequency receivers. Not only is the signal int...

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In addition to the new signals to be broadcast under the GPS modernization project, there are to be two significant changes to the existing civilian signals, both designed to improve the performance of GPS receivers. The first is an additional data-free pilot signal and the second is the addition of forward error correction (FEC) encoding to the navigation message. The new data-free signal will be broadcast alongside the normal data signal, acting as an easy-to-acquire pilot signal. Once a...

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The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a GPS augmentation system that aims to greatly improve GNSS accuracy over Japan and the rest of East Asia. The first satellite in the system, dubbed Michibiki, was successfully launched from the Tanegashima space centre on 11th September and reached its quasi-zenith orbit on 27th September 2010. QZSS aims to enhance GPS services both by improving the availability of GPS signals and by performance enhancement to increase the accuracy and relia...

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Today, navigation and positioning technology is no longer just about GPS L1 C/A code. GPS is being modernized, the GLONASS constellation is nearly complete, new systems including QZSS, IRNSS, Galileo and Compass are on the way. Multi-GNSS offers significant opportunities and challenges to GNSS technology, system and application developers. Spirent multi-GNSS simulation systems are now being purchased by customers developing commercial systems and most chipset manufacturer...

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By Spirent On May 10, 2010
Positioning
GPS modernization, L5, L2C

One of the most significant additions among the raft of changes that are being made to the GPS system is the addition of a second safety-of-life signal for civilian use. This new L5 signal is centred at 1176.45MHz in the worldwide Aeronautical Radio-navigation Services band, and will be broadcast at roughly twice the power of the existing L1 and L2C signals. It also features wider bandwidth and longer spreading codes, and will be particularly useful for enabling aircraft to make precision landin...

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By Spirent On May 10, 2010
Positioning
GPS modernization, L5, L2C

One of the most significant additions among the raft of changes that are being made to the GPS system is the addition of a second safety-of-life signal for civilian use. This new L5 signal is centred at 1176.45MHz in the worldwide Aeronautical Radio-navigation Services band, and will be broadcast at roughly twice the power of the existing L1 and L2C signals. It also features wider bandwidth and longer spreading codes, and will be particularly useful for enabling aircraft to make precision landin...

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If you're a GNSS technology, system or application developer involved in the design and implementation of a GNSS project today, you need to take into account the full range of satellite systems and signals that will be available in the near future and understand the challenges and opportunities you face. Using satellites from more than one system brings special challenges and design choices for receiver design and evaluation. But what exactly is the timescale before these new systems are operati...

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Why would I use a GPS / GNSS simulator, if I want to do any testing I just stick my antenna out of the window, attach it to my receiver and away I go. Well that’s all good and well but for those requiring a rigorous GPS test environment, live sky testing has some serious limitations including a lack of repeatability, control and scalability. Not to mention the fact that you can’t test future signals in space e.g. GPS L2C and L5, partially deployed constellations or constellations tha...

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