Effect of Pulse Blanking on Navigation Data Demodulation Performance in GNSS System

L. Musumeci and F. Dovis

Abstract: The paper addresses the impact of the most common pulsed interference countermeasure, the pulse blanking, on the data demodulation stages of the GNSS receiver. Few works in the literature deal with this aspect, taking into account not only the C/N0 drop but the impact of the coding strategy and the structure of the navigation message. In several works the structure of the navigation message is provided as a fact. The following paper investigates how some of the parameters (e.g. data rate) in Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DS-SS) systems could be optimized together with the pulse blanking parameters in order to improve the robustness to the interference in future evolutions of GNSS systems. After a brief general review of the DS-SS modulation, this paper will provide a description of the impact of the pulse blanking mitigation algorithm on the data demodulation performance for both un-coded and coded DS/BPSK systems. In particular, theoretical derivation of the expected Bit Error Rate (BER) will be provided. Theoretical derivation is supported by a set of fully software simulations, thanks to the use of a fully and flexible DS-BPSK system simulator developed during research activity.
Published in: Proceedings of IEEE/ION PLANS 2014
May 5 - 8, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Monterey, CA
Pages: 1248 - 1257
Cite this article: Musumeci, L., Dovis, F., "Effect of Pulse Blanking on Navigation Data Demodulation Performance in GNSS System," Proceedings of IEEE/ION PLANS 2014, Monterey, CA, May 2014, pp. 1248-1257.
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