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CONTINUED GATE SERVICE TILL END OF 2019

27. January 2017, admin - GATE

 

The GATE system will continue its operation until end of 2019. A corresponding contract has been awarded to IFEN GmbH through the German Aerospace Agency (DLR). Currently the Galileo test bed gets adjusted for its operation in combination with the recently started Galileo Initial Service Phase.

The GATE system has been reduced from eight to three transmitter stations and is currently upgraded with the latest signal generator capabilities. These three transmit stations will be operating solely in combination with the Galileo system in orbit and will provide a wide range of error simulation possibilities to be incorporated as virtual satellites within the Galileo constellation.

GATE will provide continuously valuable services to Galileo research and development community for testing their navigation receivers and applications, mainly focused on robustness against various malfunctions which possibly occur in a navigation system. These incidents include wrong navigation data content, satellite clock failures (feared events) and signal deformations (evil waveforms).

For robustness tests of navigation receivers and applications, GATE offers for static tests an office within the test area as well as a full equipped measurement vehicle for land mobile tests. The possibility for UAV tests will be available mid of 2017.


SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIONS COMMAND FROM THE POLICE SOUTH BAVARIA VISITING GATE

19. August 2015, admin - GATE

 

As part of a week-long training in the Training Institute of the Bavarian Police in Ainring, officials of the Special Forces Operations Command from the Police South Bavaria visited the Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE) in Berchtesgaden.

One of the main tasks of the unit is the covert data collection, including the use of technical means. In order to determine, control and surveillance of site locations, such as in containers with dangerous goods, among with others the Global Navigation Satellite System GPS is used. According to visitor statement it is politically scheduled, depending on the successful deployment of the Galileo navigation system, to use the Galileo system in case of application in future. Against this background, information about Galileo, as well as a visit to the world's unique Galileo terrestrial open air testing environment 'GATE' was meaningful and purposeful for the experts.

GATE service engineer of the operating company IFEN GmbH Mr. Kern explained at the beginning of his speech the general principles and functions of satellite-based positioning and explained and presented in a second step the differences from the test environment GATE in a comprehensible way. The lecture was concluded with some user examples for a better illustration. In the end it was possible to show the visitors all eight GATE transmitting stations on the mountains around Berchtesgaden.

The participants thanked for a very informative and insightful talk which included some interesting information, despite their daily tech-savvy work so not known.