This report examines the technical feasibility of alternate waveforms to perform the GPS functions and to result in less complex receivers than is possible with the GPS C/A waveform. The approach taken to accomplish this objective is (a) to identify, after a quick broad overview, a few promising waveforms, (b) to complete the architectural synthesis of a GPS system based on the new waveforms, (c) to analyze the performance of these systems in providing ranging and communication capability and (d) to assess the impact on receiver hardware and software. One conclusion is that the class of pulsed waveform, when combined with emerging matched filter technology, permits the use of a greatly simplified receiver design. A major part of the report consists of description of a pulse-based GPS design. Although very specific, the design was intended as a vehicle for performance analysis only and many refinements and alternatives within the same class are possible. Other classes of waveforms such as tone ranging and chirped FM waveforms, although adequate, do not seem superior to the present PN encoded CW waveform for GPS. Finally, if the 'alternate' waveform is simply the present C/A waveform but with a substantially increased power level, it is shown that with the present designs the performance will be greatly increased or, alternatively, performance margin can be traded for a simplified receiver implementation. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Linclon Laboratory, 244 Wood Street
    Lexington, MA  United States  02420-9180

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • Kelly, E J
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 128 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00326244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ATC-86, FAA-EM-79-16
  • Contract Numbers: DOT/TSC-RA-78-06
  • Files: NTIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 11 2002 12:00AM