INMARSAT-3 NAVIGATION SIGNAL C/A CODE SELECTION AND INTERFERENCE ANALYSIS

J. R. Nagle, A. J. Van Dierendonck, and Q. D. Hua

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Abstract: Inmarsat-3, the next generation of Inmarsat satellites, will carry a dedicated transponder package that will be capable of transmitting signals virtually identical to those of GPS at the Ll frequency (1575.42 MHz). This paper provides a brief functional description of the Inmarsat-3 navigation transponder. This is followed by a discussion of the results of two studies performed to determine the compatibility between the proposed Inmarsat-3 navigation signals and the GPS navigation signals. The first study resolved the issue of potential interference that may be caused by the Inmarsat-3 navigation signals to GPS receivers acquiring and tracking the GPS signals. The second study examined the selection of C/A-codes to be used by the Inmarsat-3 navigation payloads transmitting GPS lookalike signals. The properties of these codes were then applied to the expected signal levels of the Inmarsat-3 satellites to assess the interference potential to GPS. The results show that the proposed Inmarsat-3 signals will not adversely interfere with the GPS signals.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 39, Number 4
Pages: 445 - 462
Cite this article: Nagle, J. R., Van Dierendonck, A. J., Hua, Q. D., "INMARSAT-3 NAVIGATION SIGNAL C/A CODE SELECTION AND INTERFERENCE ANALYSIS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 39, No. 4, Winter 1992-1993, pp. 445-462.
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