Title: Impact of Pseudolite Signals on Non-Participating GPS Receivers
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC62608
ISBN: 978-92-79-19522-8
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24741 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC62608
DOI: 10.2788/5745
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Pseudolites or pseudo-satellites are an emerging technology that has the potential to extend the capability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) indoors and in harsh environments where GNSS services are denied. Although their potential, pseudolites could cause severe interference problems to non-participating receivers, i.e., GNSS receivers unable or not designed to use pseudolite signals. In this report, preliminary results obtained by the IPSC-JRC on the impact of pseudolite signals on commercial non-participating receivers are presented. The analysis considered two pseudolite modulations. In the fist case, the pseudolite signal has same structure adopted by GPS L1 C/A signals whereas in the second scenario a pulsing scheme has been adopted to reduce the interference problem. From the analysis, it emerges that in the case of a continuous pseudolite modulation, the performance of the non-participating receiver is already significantly degraded when the pseudolite signal is about 10 times stronger than the average signal power. More specifically, a 3 dB loss is introduced in the estimated C/N0 of the useful GPS signals. The use of a pulsing scheme significantly mitigates the impact of pseudolite signals and the receiver is able to maintain lock and provide a position solution for all the tested pseudolite power levels. Further investigations are required to determine if higher pseudolite signal powers could affect more severely a non-participating receiver.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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