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Compass/Beidou simulator launched

Institute Corporate Member Spirent has included the Chinese navigation system in its latest product.

In response to announcements on the readiness of the Beidou-2 navigation system and the planned release of the signal Interface Control Document (ICD), Spirent Communications plc has included the Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS) in its latest simulator.

The Spirent GSS8000, which is already able to test GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, SBAS and QZSS, now can be used to set-up and control simulated Compass constellations. This enables Compass-only testing as well as multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) simulation that includes Compass.

Initially, Spirent is offering Beidou-2 simulation based on public domain information only - but when the ICD is released, it plans to provide full Compass Open Service support.

Compass is being deployed in three phases. Beidou-2 - the second - should be operational by early 2012 to support regional operation with geostationary and inclined orbit satellites. Beidou-3, giving global cover, should be operational by 2020.

Spirent stresses that simulation is acknowledged as the best way to test GNSS receivers, systems and application performance - ensuring controlled repeatable testing that leads to shorter development times and improved performance.

John Pottle MRIN, Spirent’s Positioning and Navigation Group Marketing Director explains 'With the successful launch of two Galileo satellites last week, a full GLONASS system and the recent Compass announcement, this is an exciting time for the industry. Spirent started offering multi-GNSS test systems over 10 years ago, added Galileo in 2006 and is now pleased to announce our support for the Beidou-2 system. Our systems enable fine and flexible control of the constellations and signals from individual as well as combined navigation systems.'

Spirent will be demonstrating the GSS8000 at the Europen Navigation Conference 2011 in London from 29 November to 1 December.

Details from Spirent below.

  • 27 October 2011
  • Corporate

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