The German Galileo Test and Development Environment

GATE Test Range

The development of products, services and applications that are robust against possible satellite navigation malfunctions is a key factor for the success in the future navigation market. GATE as a unique outdoor test- and development environment provides the possibilities for extended robustness tests against satellite system malfunctions during the Galileo Initial Service Phase. With the additional simulation of up to three virtual ‘Galileo satellites’, usable by any COTS receiver, GATE is bridging the gap from laboratory based robustness tests to real environment robustness testing.

Test your products and applications today with GATE to be ready for Galileo tomorrow!

 

GATE Operation

Since 2008 it is already possible for companies and research institutes to perform their Galileo experiments with GATE. Three GATE transmit stations provide the possibilities for extended robustness tests. GATE will be operational under the responsibility of IFEN GmbH.
For further details please contact IFEN GmbH.

GATE Test Range

GATE Test Range

The GATE test bed cornerstones are three autarkical ground transmitters, emitting the Galileo signals into the test area in the region of Berchtesgaden (Germany). Two monitoring stations located within the test area are receiving and processing these signals. A central processing facility which is the core of GATE is steering and controlling the signals transmitted. These Galileo signals are fully compliant to the Galileo OS SIS ICD specification. With the GATE ‘Virtual Satellite Mode’, realistic moving Galileo satellites can be simulated in addition to the Galileo Initial Service Phase satellites in orbit, supporting commercial Galileo receivers without any modifications. Furthermore, the integration of additional sensors like odometer or inertial sensors allows testing of sophisticated integrated navigation systems and applications under realistic environmental and dynamic conditions. With full control over the additional GATE ‘Galileo satellites’, the navigation data content of single satellites visible to the receiver can be manipulated, satellite clock errors (feared events) simulated and even the signal waveforms can be deformed (Evil Waveforms) . Further extensions of the test bed regarding interference and jamming are planned to come in near future.