UK: Spirent Communications has announced the availability of test systems with support for China’s BeiDou-2 (also known as Compass) Navigation Satellite System in addition to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.
Spirent has been shipping BeiDou-2-ready test systems to customers since 2012. The solution will now be upgraded to full BeiDou-2 capability using the information from the recently-released first full issue of the BeiDou-2 Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (ICD).
Spirent’s BeiDou-2 system includes testing for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) – GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, as well as IRNSS, QZSS and SBAS along with options such as interference generation, MEMS sensor simulation and systems targeted at transport segments.
Stuart Smith, product manager for Spirent’s positioning and navigation group, said: “Spirent has successfully demonstrated BeiDou-2 in simulation systems at its offices in Beijing, China. Prior to the ICD release we used recorded navigation data to enable our systems to drive a full BeiDou-2 receiver and qualify the implementation. With the release of ICD information, navigation data is generated automatically, as with the other constellations that the system simulates.”