GNSS Signals
A generic GNSS complex baseband signal transmitted by a given GNSS space vehicle \(i\) can be described as
\[\begin{equation} \!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!s^{(i)}_T(t) = \sqrt{\mathcal{P}_{T}} \sum_{u=\infty}^{\infty}\Big(d_I^{(i)}(u)g_I(t  uT_{b_I}) + j d_Q^{(i)}(u)g_Q(t  uT_{b_Q})\Big)~, \end{equation}\]where the Inphase and Quadrature (I&Q) components have the form
\[\begin{equation} g(t) = \sum_{k=0}^{N_{c}1}q(t  kT_{PRN}) \end{equation}\]with
\[\begin{equation} q(t) = \sum_{l=0}^{L_{c}1}c_{i}(l)p(t  lT_{c}) ~, \end{equation}\]being \(\mathcal{P}_{T}\) the transmitting power, \(d(u)\) the navigation message data symbols, \(T_{b}\) the bit period, \(j\) the imaginary unit, \(N_{c}\) the number of repetitions of a full codeword that spans a bit period, \(T_{PRN}=\frac{T_{b}}{N_{c}}\) the codeword period, \(c_{i}(l)\) a chip of the spreading codeword of length \(L_{c}\) chips corresponding to the space vehicle \(i\), \(p(t)\) the transmitting chip pulse shape, which is considered energynormalized for notation clarity, and \(T_{c}=\frac{T_{b}}{N_{c} L_{c}}\) the chip period. All parameters can be different in the I and the Q components, there can be uneven power balance among them, and everything will differ in each available frequency band.
This page describes particularizations of such signal structure for all the currently deployed and planned GNSS signals. The notation used in those descriptions is as follows: \(\oplus\) is the exclusive–or operation (modulo–2 addition), \(l_{L}\) means \(l\) modulo \(L\), \([l]_{L}\) means the integer part of \(\frac{l}{L}\), and \(p(t)\) is a rectangular pulse of a chip–period duration, filtered at the transmitter at the nominal signal bandwidth and energynormalized. Links to the official Interface Control Documents are provided in the References section.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
The Navstar Global Positioning System (GPS) is a spacebased radio–navigation system owned by the United States Government (USG) and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). GPS provides positioning and timing services to military and civilian users on a continuous, worldwide basis. Two GPS services are provided:

the Precise Positioning Service (PPS)^{1}, available primarily to the military of the United States and its allies, and

the Standard Positioning Service (SPS)^{2}, open to civilian users.
The most updated and authorized source is the Official U.S. Government website about GPS and related topics.
GPS L1
Defined in ISGPS200^{3}, this band is centered at \(f_{\text{GPS L1}}=1575.42\) MHz. The complex baseband transmitted signal can be written as
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(GPS L1)}}_{T}(t) = e_{L1I}(t) + j e_{L1Q}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with
\[\begin{equation} e_{L1I}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{NAV}}\Big[ [l]_{204600}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{P(Y)}} \Big[ l_{L_{\text{P(Y)}}} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{P(Y)}})~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{L1Q}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{NAV}}\Big[ [l]_{20460}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{C/A}} \Big[ l_{1023} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{C/A}})~, \end{equation}\]where \(D_{\text{NAV}} \in \{1,1\}\) is the GPS navigation message bit sequence, transmitted at \(50\) bit/s, \(T_{c,\text{P(Y)}}=\frac{1}{10.23}\) \(\mu\)s, \(T_{c,\text{C/A}}=\frac{1}{1.023}\) \(\mu\)s, and \(L_{\text{P(Y)}}=6.1871 \cdot 10^{12}\). The precision P codes (named Y codes whenever the antispoofing mode is activated, encrypting the code and thus denying non–U.S. military users) are sequences of \(7\) days in length.
Regarding the modernization plans for GPS, it is worthwhile to mention that there is a new civilian–use signal planned, called L1C and defined in ISGPS800J^{4}, to be broadcast on the same L1 frequency that currently contains the C/A signal. The L1C signal will be available with first Block III launch, currently scheduled for May 2018 by SpaceX, and it will feature a Multiplexed Binary Offset Carrier (MBOC) modulation scheme that ensures backward compatibility with the C/A signal.
The L1C signal consists of two main components; one denoted \(L1C_P\) to represent a pilot signal, without any data message, that is spread by a ranging code, and \(L1C_D\) that is spread by a ranging code and modulated by a data message. The \(L1C_P\) is also modulated by an SV unique overlay code, \(L1C_O\). The SVs could transmit intentionally “incorrect” versions of the respective ranging codes as needed to protect users from receiving and utilizing anomalous signals. These “incorrect” codes are termed nonstandard \(L1C_P\) (NSCP) and nonstandard \(L1C_D\) (NSCD). Nonstandard codes are not for utilization by the users and, therefore, are not defined in ISGPS800J.
GPS signals spectra in L1. Source: Navipedia.
GPS L2C
Defined in ISGPS200^{3}, this band is centered at \(f_{\text{GPS L2}}=1227.60\) MHz. The complex baseband transmitted signal can be written as:
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(GPS L2)}}_{T}(t) = e_{L2I}(t) + j e_{L2Q}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with the Inphase component defined as:
\[\begin{equation} e_{L2I}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{NAV}}\Big[ [l]_{204600}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{P(Y)}} \Big[ l_{L_{\text{P(Y)}}} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{P(Y)}})~, \end{equation}\]with an optional presence of the navigation message \(D_{\text{NAV}}\). For the Quadrature–phase component, three options are defined:
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{L2Q}(t) & = & \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty}\left( D_{\text{CNAV}} \Big[ [l]_{10230} \Big] \oplus C_{\text{CM}} \Big[ l_{L_{\text{CM}}} \Big] p_{\text{1/2}} \left(t  lT_{c,L2C} \right) + \right. \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \left. +~C_{\text{CL}} \Big[ l_{L_{\text{CL}}} \Big] p_{\text{1/2}}\left(t  \left(l+\frac{1}{2}\right)T_{c,L2C}\right) \right)~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{L2Q}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{NAV}} \Big[ [l]_{20460} \Big] \oplus C_{\text{C/A}} \Big[ l_{1023} \Big] p \left(t  lT_{c,\text{C/A}}\right), \end{equation}\]or
\[\begin{equation} e_{L2Q}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty}C_{\text{C/A}} \Big[ l_{1023} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{C/A}})~, \end{equation}\]where \(T_{c,L2C}=\frac{1}{511.5}\) ms and \(p_{\text{1/2}}(t)\) is a rectangular pulse of half chip–period duration, thus timemultiplexing both codes. The civilian long code \(C_{\text{CL}}\) is \(L_{\text{CL}}=767250\) chips long, repeating every \(1.5\) s, while the civilian moderate code \(C_{\text{CM}}\) is \(L_{\text{CM}}=10230\) chips long and it repeats every \(20\) ms. The CNAV data is an upgraded version of the original NAV navigation message, containing higher precision representation and nominally more accurate data than the NAV data. It is transmitted at \(25\) bit/s with forward error correction (FEC) encoding, resulting in \(50\) symbols/s.
GPS signals spectra in L2. Source: Navipedia.
GPS L2C is only available on Block IIR–M and subsequent satellite blocks.
GPS L5
The GPS L5 link, defined in ISGPS705^{5}, is only available on Block IIF and subsequent satellite blocks. Centered at \(f_{\text{GPS L5}}=1176.45\) MHz, this signal in space can be written as:
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(GPS L5)}}_{T}(t) = e_{L5I}(t) + j e_{L5Q}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} e_{L5I}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty} C_{nh_{10}} \Big[ m_{10}\Big] \oplus D_{\text{CNAV}}\Big[ [m]_{10}\Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus~\sum_{l=1}^{102300} C_{L5I}\Big[l_{10230}\Big] \cdot p(t  m T_{c,nh}  lT_{c,L5}) ~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\begin{equation} e_{L5Q}(t) = \!\!\sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty}\!\! C_{nh_{20}} \Big[ m_{20}\Big] \oplus \!\!\sum_{l=1}^{102300}\!\!C_{L5Q}\Big[l_{10230}\Big] \! \cdot\! p(t \!  \! m T_{c,nh} \!  \! lT_{c,L5})~, \end{equation}\]where \(T_{c,nh}=1\) ms and \(T_{c,L5}=\frac{1}{10.23}\) \(\mu\)s. The L5I component contains a synchronization sequence \(C_{nh_{10}}=0000110101\), a \(10\)–bit Neuman–Hoffman code that modulates each \(100\) symbols of the GPS L5 civil navigation data \(D_{\text{CNAV}}\), and the L5Q component has another synchronization sequence \(C_{nh_{20}}=00000100110101001110\).
GPS signals spectra in L5. Source: Navipedia.
GLONASS
The nominal baseline constellation of the Russian Federation’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) comprises \(24\) GLONASS–M satellites that are uniformly deployed in three roughly circular orbital planes at an inclination of \(64.8^o\) to the equator. The altitude of the orbit is \(19,100\) km. The orbit period of each satellite is \(11\) hours, \(15\) minutes, and \(45\) seconds. The orbital planes are separated by \(120^o\) right ascension of the ascending node. Eight satellites are equally spaced in each plane with \(45^o\) argument of latitude. Moreover, the orbital planes have an argument of latitude displacement of \(15^o\) relative to each other. The current constellation status can be checked at the Russian Information and Analysis Center for Positioning, Navigation and Timing website.
The ground control segment of GLONASS is almost entirely located within former Soviet Union territory, except for a station in Brasilia, Brazil. The Ground Control Center and Time Standards is located in Moscow and the telemetry and tracking stations are in Saint Petersburg, Ternopol, Eniseisk, and KomsomolsknaAmure.
GLONASS civil signal–in–space is defined in GLONASS’ ICD ^{6}. This system makes use of a frequency–division multiple access (FDMA) signal structure, transmitting in two bands:
 \(f^{(k)}_{GLO L1}=1602+k \cdot 0.5625\) MHz and
 \(f^{(k)}_{GLO L2}=1246+k \cdot 0.4375\) MHz,
where \(k\in \left\{ 7,6,\cdots,5,6\right\}\) is the channel number. Satellites in opposite points of an orbit plane transmit signals on equal frequencies, as these satellites will never be in view simultaneously by a groundbased user.
The modernization of GLONASS includes the adoption of the CDMA scheme^{7}, with new open signals called L1OC, L2OC, and L3OC.
GLONASS L1
Two kinds of signals are transmitted: a standard precision (SP) and an obfuscated high precision (HP) signal. The complex baseband transmitted signal can be written as
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(GLO L1)}}_{T}(t) = e_{L1I}(t) + j e_{L1Q}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with
\[\begin{equation} e_{L1I}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{GNAV}}\Big[ [l]_{102200}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{HP}} \Big[ l_{L_{\text{HP}}} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{HP}})~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{L1Q}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{GNAV}}\Big[ [l]_{10220} \Big] \oplus C_{\text{SP}} \Big[ l_{511} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{SP}})~, \end{equation}\]where \(T_{c,\text{HP}}=\frac{1}{5.11}\) \(\mu\)s, \(T_{c,\text{SP}}=\frac{1}{0.511}\) \(\mu\)s, and \(L_{\text{HP}}=3.3554\cdot 10^7\). The navigation message \(D_{\text{GNAV}}\) is transmitted at \(50\) bit/s. Details of its content and structure, as well as the generation of the \(C_{\text{SP}}\) code, can be found in GLONASS’ ICD ^{6}. The usage of the HP signal should be agreed upon with the Russian Federation Defense Ministry, and no more details have been disclosed.
GLONASS signals spectra in L1. Source: Navipedia.
The use of FDMA techniques, in which the same code is used to broadcast navigation signals on different frequencies, and the placement of civil GLONASS transmissions on frequencies centered at \(1602\) MHz, well above the GPS L1 band, have complicated the design of combined GLONASS/GPS receivers, particularly low–cost equipment for massmarket applications.
In late 2016, the Russian Federation published a new ICD related to a CDMA signal at \(1600.99\) MHz, referred to as L1OC, to be broadcast by GLONASS satellites starting by Enhanced GlonassK1 and GlonassK2, launched from 2018. This documentation is only available in Russian ^{8}.
GLONASS L2
Beginning with the second generation of satellites, called GLONASS–M and first launched in 2001, a second civil signal is available using the same SP code as the one in the L1 band but centered at \(1246\) MHz.
GLONASS signals spectra in L2. Source: Navipedia.
Future plans of modernization are intended to increase compatibility and interoperability with other GNSS, and include the addition of a codedivision multiple access (CDMA) structure.
On July 2, 2013, a Russian ProtonM rocket carrying three GLONASS–M navigation satellites crashed soon after liftoff today from Kazakhstan’ Baikonur cosmodrome.
In late 2016, the Russian Federation published a new ICD related to a CDMA signal at \(1248.06\) MHz, referred to as L2OC and featuring a BOC(1,1) modulation, to be broadcast by GLONASS satellites starting by Enhanced GlonassK1 and GlonassK2, to be launched from 2018. This documentation is only available in Russian ^{9}.
GLONASS L3
In late 2016, the Russian Federation published a new ICD related to a CDMA signal at \(1202.025\) MHz, referred to as L3OC and featuring a BPSK(10) modulation, to be broadcast by GLONASS satellites starting by GlonassM, in production since 2014. This documentation is only available in Russian ^{10}.
Galileo
The nominal Galileo constellation comprises a total of \(24\) operational satellites (plus \(6\) active spares), that are evenly distributed among three orbital planes inclined at \(56^o\) relative to the equator. There are eight operational satellites per orbital plane, occupying evenly distributed orbital slots. Six additional spare satellites (two per orbital plane) complement the nominal constellation configuration. The Galileo satellites are placed in quasicircular Earth orbits with a nominal semimajor axis of about \(30,000\) km and an approximate revolution period of \(14\) hours. The Control segment full infrastructure will be composed of \(3040\) sensor stations, \(3\) control centers, \(9\) Mission Uplink stations, and \(5\) TT&C stations. The current constellation status can be checked at the European GNSS Service Centre website.
Galileo’s Open Service is defined in the Service Definition Document (SDD)^{11}, and the corresponding signal structures are defined in the Interface Control Document (ICD)^{12}. In this latter document, the following signal structures are specified:
Galileo E1
This band, centered at \(f_{\text{Gal E1}}=1575.420\) MHz and with a reference bandwidth of \(24.5520\) MHz, uses the Composite Binary Offset Carrier (CBOC) modulation, defined in baseband as:
\[\begin{eqnarray} s^{\text{(Gal E1)}}_{T}(t) & = & \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \Big( e_{E1B}(t)\left(\alpha sc_A(t) + \beta sc_B(t) \right) + \nonumber \\ {} & {} & ~e_{E1C}(t) \left(\alpha sc_A(t)  \beta sc_B(t) \right) \Big)~, \end{eqnarray}\]where the subcarriers \(sc(t)\) are defined as
\[\begin{equation} sc_A(t) = \text{sign} \Big(\sin(2\pi f_{sc,E1A}t) \Big)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} sc_B(t) = \text{sign} \Big(\sin(2\pi f_{sc,E1B}t) \Big)~, \end{equation}\]and \(f_{sc,E1A}=1.023\) MHz, \(f_{sc,E1B}=6.138\) MHz are the subcarrier rates, \(\alpha=\sqrt{\frac{10}{11}}\), and \(\beta=\sqrt{\frac{1}{11}}\). Channel B contains the I/NAV type of navigation message, \(D_{I/NAV}\), intended for Safety–of–Life (SoL) services:
\[\begin{equation} e_{E1B}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{+\infty} D_{\text{I/NAV}} \Big[ [l]_{4092}\Big] \oplus C_{E1B}\Big[l_{4092}\Big] p(t  lT_{c,E1B})~. \end{equation}\]In the case of channel C, it is a pilot (dataless) channel with a secondary code, forming a tiered code:
\[\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\begin{equation} e_{E1C}(t) \! = \!\! \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty} \! C_{E1Cs}\Big[m_{25}\Big] \! \oplus \! \sum_{l=1}^{4092} \! C_{E1Cp}\Big[ l \Big] \! \cdot \! p(t \!  \! mT_{c,E1Cs} \!  \! lT_{c,E1Cp})~, \end{equation}\]with \(T_{c,E1B}=T_{c,E1Cp}=\frac{1}{1.023}\) \(\mu\)s and \(T_{c,E1Cs}=4\) ms. The \(C_{E1B}\) and \(C_{E1Cp}\) primary codes are pseudorandom memory code sequences defined in Galileo’s ICD^{12} [Annex C]. The binary sequence of the secondary code \(C_{E1Cs}\) is \(0011100000001010110110010\). This band also contains another component, Galileo E1A, intended for the Public Regulated Service (PRS), that uses a BOC modulation with cosine–shaped subcarrier, \(f_{sc,E1A}=15.345\) MHz, and \(T_{c,E1A}=\frac{1}{2.5575}\) \(\mu\)s. The PRS spreading codes and the structure of the navigation message have not been made public.
Galileo signals spectra in E1. Source: Navipedia.
Galileo E6
Galileo will provide users with addedvalue services offered through the E6 band, namely:
 The Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) will allow users to obtain a positioning error below two decimeters in nominal conditions of use, worldwide. The Galileo HAS will be based on the free transmission of Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections through the Galileo E6 signal data component \(e_{E6B}(t)\) by the Galileo satellites.
 The Galileo Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) will make it possible to authenticate signals, allowing for increased robustness of professional applications by giving access to the E6 signal pilot component \(e_{E6C}(t)\) codes, which will be encrypted.
This signal, which is centered at \(f_{\text{Gal E6}}=1278.750\) MHz, has a pilot and a data component:
\[\begin{equation} s_{T}^{\text{(Gal E6)}}(t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left(e_{E6B}(t)  e_{E6C}(t)\right)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{E6B}(t) = \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty} D_{\text{HAS}} \Big[ [m]_{5115}\Big] \oplus C_{E6B}\Big[m_{5115}\Big] \cdot p(t  mT_{c,E6B})~, \end{equation}\] \[\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\begin{equation} e_{E6C}(t) \! = \!\!\! \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty} \! C_{E6Cs}\Big[m_{100}\Big] \! \oplus \! \sum_{l=1}^{L_{E6C}} \!\! C_{E6Cp}\Big[ l \Big]\! \cdot \! p(t \!  \! mT_{c,E6Cs} \!  \! lT_{c,E6Cp}), \end{equation}\]where \(D_{\text{HAS}}\) is the HAS navigation data stream, which is modulated with the ranging code \(C_{E6B}\) with chip period \(T_{c,E6B}=\frac{1}{5.115}\) \(\mu\)s. Codes \(C_{E6B}\), \(C_{E6Cp}\) and \(C_{E6Cs}\) are published in Galileo’s E6B/C Codes Technical Note^{13}, and the HAS message structure is described in the Galileo High Accuracy Service SignalInSpace Interface Control Document (HAS SIS ICD)^{14}.
This band also contains another component, Galileo E6A, intended for the Public Regulated Service (PRS). It uses a BOC modulation with cosine–shaped subcarrier, \(f_{sc,E6A}=10.23\) MHz, and \(T_{c, E6A}=\frac{1}{5.115}\) \(\mu\)s. The PRS spreading codes and the structure of the navigation message are not publicly available.
Galileo signals spectra in E6. Source: Navipedia.
Galileo E5
Centered at \(f_{\text{Gal E5}}=1191.795\) MHz and with a total (baseband) bandwidth of \(51.150\) MHz, its signal structure deserves some analysis. The AltBOC modulation can be generically expressed as
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{AltBOC}}(t) = x_1(t)v^{*}(t) + x_2(t)v(t)~, \end{equation}\]where \(v(t)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\left( \text{sign}\left( \cos (2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t)\right)+j \text{sign}\left( \sin (2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t)\right)\right)\) is the single sideband subcarrier, \(f_{sc,E5}\) is the subcarrier frequency, \((\cdot)^{*}\) stands for the conjugate operation, and \(x_1(t)\) and \(x_2(t)\) are QPSK signals. The resulting waveform does not exhibit a constant envelope. In the case of Galileo, the need for high efficiency of the satellites’ onboard High Power Amplifier (HPA) has pushed a modification on the signal in order to make it envelopeconstant and thus use the HPA at saturation. This can be done by adding some intermodulation products to the expression above, coming up with the following definition:
\[\begin{eqnarray} s^{\text{(Gal E5)}}_{T}(t) & = & e_{E5a}(t) ssc_s^{*}(t)+ e_{E5b}(t)ssc_s(t) + \nonumber \\ {} & {} & +~\bar{e}_{E5a}(t)ssc_p^{*}(t)+\bar{e}_{E5b}(t)ssc_p(t)~, \end{eqnarray}\]where the single and product sideband signal subcarriers are
\[\begin{equation} ssc_s(t) = sc_s(t) +jsc_s\left(t\frac{T_s}{4}\right) ~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} ssc_p(t) = sc_p(t) +jsc_p\left(t\frac{T_s}{4}\right) ~, \end{equation}\]and
\[\begin{equation} e_{E5a}(t) = e_{E5aI}(t)+je_{E5aQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{E5b}(t) = e_{E5bI}(t)+je_{E5bQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} \bar{e}_{E5a}(t) = \bar{e}_{E5aI}(t)+j\bar{e}_{E5aQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} \bar{e}_{E5b}(t) = \bar{e}_{E5bI}(t)+j\bar{e}_{E5bQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} \bar{e}_{E5aI}(t) = e_{E5aQ}(t)e_{E5bI}(t)e_{E5bQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} \bar{e}_{E5aQ}(t) = e_{E5aI}(t)e_{E5bI}(t)e_{E5bQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} \bar{e}_{E5bI}(t) = e_{E5bQ}(t)e_{E5aI}(t)e_{E5aQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} \bar{e}_{E5bQ}(t) = e_{E5bI}(t)e_{E5aI}(t)e_{E5aQ}(t). \end{equation}\]The signal components are defined as
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{E5aI}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty}C_{E5aIs}\Big[m_{20}\Big] \oplus \sum_{l=1}^{10230}C_{E5aIp}\Big[ l \Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus~D_{\text{F/NAV}} \Big[ [l]_{204600}\Big] p(tmT_{c,E5s}lT_{c,E5p})~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} e_{E5aQ}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty}C_{E5aQs}\Big[m_{100}\Big] \oplus \sum_{l=1}^{10230}C_{E5aQp}\Big[ l \Big] \cdot\nonumber \\ {} & {} & \cdot~p(tmT_{c,E5s}lT_{c,E5p})~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} e_{E5bI}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty}C_{E5bIs}\Big[m_{4}\Big] \oplus \sum_{l=1}^{10230}C_{E5aIp}\Big[ l \Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus~D_{\text{I/NAV}} \Big[ [l]_{40920}\Big] p(tmT_{c,E5s}lT_{c,E5p})~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} e_{E5bQ}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{+\infty}C_{E5bQs}\Big[m_{100}\Big] \oplus \sum_{l=1}^{10230}C_{E5bQp}\Big[ l \Big] \cdot\nonumber \\ {} & {} & \cdot~p(tmT_{c,E5s}lT_{c,E5p})~, \end{eqnarray}\]where \(T_{c,E5s}=1\) ms and \(T_{c,E5p}=\frac{1}{10.23}\) \(\mu\)s. Channel A contains the F/NAV type of navigation message, \(D_{F/NAV}\), intended for the Open Service. The I/NAV message structures for the E5bI and E1B signals use the same page layout. Only page sequencing is different, with page swapping between both components in order to allow a fast reception of data by a dualfrequency receiver. The single subcarrier \(sc_s(t)\) and the product subcarrier \(sc_p(t)\) are defined as:
\[\begin{eqnarray} \!\!\!\!\! sc_s(t) & = & \frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}\text{sign} \left( \cos \left( 2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t  \frac{\pi}{4}\right) \right)+\frac{1}{2}\text{sign} \Big( \cos \left( 2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t \right) \Big)+ \nonumber \\ {} & {} & + \frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}\text{sign} \left( \cos \left( 2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t + \frac{\pi}{4}\right) \right)~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} \!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!sc_p(t) & = & \frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}\text{sign} \left( \cos \left( 2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t  \frac{\pi}{4}\right) \right)+ \frac{1}{2}\text{sign} \Big( \cos \left( 2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t \right) \Big)+\nonumber \\ {} & {} & \frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}\text{sign} \left( \cos \left( 2 \pi f_{sc,E5} t + \frac{\pi}{4}\right) \right)~, \end{eqnarray}\]with a subcarrier frequency of \(f_{sc,E5} = 15.345\) MHz.
Plotting the power spectrum of the carriers for \(s^{\text{(Gal E5)}}_{T}(t)\) (see Figure below), we can see that the QPSK signal \(e_{E5a}(t)\) defined above is shifted to \(f_{\text{Gal E5a}} \doteq f_{\text{Gal E5}}  f_{sc,E5} = 1176.450\) MHz, while \(e_{E5b}(t)\) is shifted to \(f_{Gal E5b} \doteq f_{\text{Gal E5}} + f_{sc,E5} = 1207.140\) MHz.
Power spectrum of single and product sideband subcarriers signals for \(s^{\text{(Gal E5)}}_{T}(t)\), normalized to the power of \(ssc^{*}_s(t)\) at \(f_{\text{Gal E5a}}\). The modified AltBOC modulation can be well approximated by two QPSK signals \(2 f_{sc,E5}\) apart, with negligible contribution of the crossed terms around its center frequency.^{15}
Thus, we can bandpass filter around \(f_{Gal E5a}\) and get a good approximation of a QPSK signal, with very low energy components of \(e_{E5b}(t)\), \(\bar{e}_{E5a}(t)\), and \(\bar{e}_{E5b}(t)\):
\[\begin{equation} s_{T}^{(Gal E5a)}(t) \simeq e_{E5aI}(t)+je_{E5aQ}(t). \end{equation}\]The same applies to \(e_{E5b}(t)\), allowing an independent reception of two QPSK signals and thus requiring considerably less bandwidth than the processing of the whole E5 band.
Galileo signals spectra in E5. Source: Navipedia.
BeiDou
People’s Republic of China was also concerned with the importance of an accurate (and independent) navigation and timing satellite system.
According to the China National Space Administration, in a communicate dated on May 19, 2010, the development of the system would be carried out in three steps:
 2000 – 2003: China built the BeiDou Satellite Navigation Experimental System, also known as BeiDou1, consisting of 3 satellites. It offered limited coverage and applications and nowadays is not usable.
 by 2012: regional BeiDou navigation system covering China and neighboring regions.
 by 2020: global BeiDou navigation system.
The second generation of the system, officially called the BeiDou Satellite Navigation System (BDS) and also formerly known as COMPASS or BeiDou2, will be a global satellite navigation system consisting of \(5\) geostationary satellites and \(30\) non–geostationary satellites. The geostationary satellites will be located at \(58.75^o\) E, \(80^o\) E, \(110.5^o\) E, \(140^o\) E and \(160^o\) E. Non–geostationary satellites will be in medium–Earth orbit (MEO) and inclined geosynchronous orbit. Global coverage is planned by 2020. The ground segment will consist of one Master Control Station, two Upload Stations and \(30\) Monitor Stations.
After the first geostationary satellite (located at \(140^o\) E) was launched on October 31, 2000, a second satellite (located at \(80^o\) E) and a third satellite (located at \(110.5^o\) E) were launched on December 21, 2000, and May 25, 2003, respectively. The first geostationary satellite, COMPASS–G2, was launched on April 15, 2009.
On December 27, 2012, the Chinese government released the first version of BeiDou’s Interface Control Document (ICD), a 77page document that included details of the navigation message, including parameters of the satellite almanacs and ephemerides that were missing from a “test version” of the ICD released exactly one year before. One year later version 2.0 was released, version 2.1 followed in November 2016^{16}, and version 3.0 in February 2019^{17}. Starting 2018, version 1.0 of the ICD for B1C^{18}, B2a^{19} and B3I^{20} signals were released, describing the open services deployed in the BSD3 phase of the system development.
On December 2012, the China Satellite Navigation Office released the official logo of the BeiDou system, the design of which incorporates the yin/yang symbol reflecting traditional Chinese culture, dark and light blue coloration symbolizing, respectively, space and Earth (including the aerospace industry), and the Big Dipper (a pattern of stars recognized on Earth’s night sky which star components are the seven brightest of the constellation Ursa Major) used for navigation since ancient times to locate the North Star Polaris and representing the first navigation device developed by China.
It also appeared that China intended to discontinue the use of COMPASS as the English name for BeiDou. During the press briefing about the publication of the ICD, Ran Chengqi, director of China Satellite Navigation Office, said the English designation will henceforth be BeiDou Navigation Satellite System with the abbreviation BDS.
Updated information can be found at the Beidou Navigation Satellite System website. The status of the constellation can be consulted here.
Beidou B1I
BeiDou B1 transmitted by BDS2 satellites is centered at \(f_{B1} = 1561.098\) MHz, featuring a QPSK(2) modulation. The complex baseband transmitted signal can be written as:
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(BeiDou B1)}}_{T}(t) = e_{B1I}(t) + j e_{B1Q}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with
\[\begin{equation} e_{B1I}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{NAV}}\Big[ [l]_{40920}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{B1I}} \Big[ l_{2046} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{B1I}})~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{B1Q}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{NAV}}\Big[ [l]_{\text{N/A}}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{B1Q}} \Big[ l_{L_{\text{B1Q}}} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{B1Q}})~, \end{equation}\]Beidou’s Interface Control Document version 3.0 describes the Inphasecomponent of the Beidou B1 link.^{17} The chip rate of the B1I ranging code, \(C_{B1I}\) is 2.046 Mcps, and the length is 2046 chips.
The B1I signal is also transmitted by all satellites of BDS3.
BeiDou B1C
BeiDou Open Service B1C signals, transmitted by Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites and the Inclined GeoSynchronous Orbit (IGSO) satellites of BDS3, are centered at \(f_{B1C} = 1575.42\) MHz and feature a BOC(1,1) modulation in the data component and a QMBOC(6, 1, 4/33) modulation in the pilot component. The complex baseband transmitted signal can be written as:^{18}
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(BeiDou B1C)}}_{T}(t) = e_{B1C\_data}(t) + j e_{B1C\_pilot}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B1C\_data}(t) & = & \frac{1}{2} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{BCNAV1}}\Big[ [l]_{10230}\Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus~C_{B1C\_data} \Big[ l_{10230} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,B1C\_data}) sc_{B1C\_data}(t)~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B1C\_pilot}(t) & = & \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} \Big[ [l]_{10230} \Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus~C_{B1C\_pilot} \Big[ l_{10230} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,B1C\_pilot})sc_{B1C\_pilot}(t)~, \end{eqnarray}\]where:
\[\begin{equation} sc_{B1C\_data}(t) = \text{sign} \left(\sin \left(2 \pi f_{sc\_B1C\_a} t \right) \right)~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} sc_{B1C\_pilot}(t) & = & \sqrt{\frac{29}{33}} \text{sign} \left(\sin \left(2 \pi f_{sc\_B1C\_a} t \right) \right) + \nonumber \\ {} & {} &  j \sqrt{\frac{4}{33}} \text{sign} \left(\sin \left(2 \pi f_{sc\_B1C\_b} t \right) \right)~ , \end{eqnarray}\]with \(f_{sc\_B1C\_a} = 1.023\) MHz and \(f_{sc\_B1C\_b} = 6.138\) MHz. The code length of the ranging codes \(C_{B1C\_data}\) and \(C_{B1C\_pilot}\) is 10230 chips, and \(T_{c,B1C\_data} = T_{c,B1C\_pilot} = \frac{1}{1.023}\) \(\mu\)s. Both of data and pilot ranging codes are tired codes composed of primary and secondary codes. For both data and pilot channels, the primary and secondary codes are generated from Weil sequences, and the starting boundaries of the primary and secondary codes are strictly synchronized. The navigation message \(D_{\text{BCNAV1}}\) has a symbol rate of 100 bit/s.
Since \(e_{B1C\_pilot}(t)\) is a complex waveform, the B1C signal contains three components as shown in the following equation:
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(BeiDou B1C)}}_{T}(t) = e_{B1C\_data}(t) + e_{B1C\_pilot\_b}(t) + je_{B1C\_pilot\_a}(t) ~, \end{equation}\]where:
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B1C\_data}(t) & = &\frac{1}{2} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{BCNAV1}}(t) \oplus C_{B1C\_data}(t) \cdot \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \cdot~\text{sign} \left(\sin \left(2 \pi f_{sc\_B1C\_a} t \right) \right) p(t  lT_{c,B1C\_data})~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B1C\_pilot\_b}(t) & = & \sqrt{\frac{1}{11}} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} C_{B1C\_pilot}(t) \cdot \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \cdot~\text{sign} \left(\sin \left(2 \pi f_{sc\_B1C\_b} t \right) \right) p(t  lT_{c,B1C\_pilot})~, \end{eqnarray}\]and
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B1C\_pilot\_a}(t) & = & \sqrt{\frac{29}{44}} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} C_{B1C\_pilot}(t) \cdot \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \cdot~\text{sign} \left(\sin \left(2 \pi f_{sc\_B1C\_a} t \right) \right) p(t  lT_{c,B1C\_pilot})~. \end{eqnarray}\]BeiDou B2I
BeiDou B2, centered at \(f_{B2} = 1207.140\) MHz, features a QPSK(2) modulation. The complex baseband transmitted signal can be written as:^{16}
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(BeiDou B2)}}_{T}(t) = e_{B2I}(t) + j e_{B2Q}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with:
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B2I}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{\infty} C_{NH} \Big[ m_{20} \Big] \oplus \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{B2I}}\Big[ [l]_{40920}\Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus~C_{B2I} \Big[ l_{2046} \Big] p(t  mT_{c,\text{B2I}_{CH}}  lT_{c,\text{B2I}_{C}})~, \end{eqnarray}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{B2Q}(t) = \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{B2Q}} \Big[ [l]_{N/A} \Big] \oplus C_{B2Q} \Big[ l_{L_{C_{B2Q}}} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,B2Q})~, \end{equation}\]where the chip period is \(T_{c,\text{B2I}_{C}} = \frac{1}{2.046}\) \(\mu\)s and the code length is 2046 chips. The data message \(D_{\text{B2I}}\) varies depending on the type of transmitting satellite:

In MEO/IGSO satellites, the broadcast navigation message structure is known as D1, and it contains basic navigation data (fundamental NAV information of the broadcasting satellites, almanac information for all satellites as well as the time offsets from other systems). It is modulated by a NeumannHoffman secondary code at 1 kbit/s (so \(T_{c,\text{B2I}_{CH}} = 1\) ms), defined as \(C_{NH} = (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0)\), and the data bits are transmitted at 50 bit/s.

In GEO satellites, the broadcast navigation message structure is known as D2, and it contains basic navigation data plus augmentation service information (the BDS integrity, differential, and ionospheric grid information). It is not modulated by the secondary code \(C_{NH}\), and the data rate is 500 bit/s. Thus, the B2I signals for geostationary satellites can be expressed as:
Details of the \(e_{B2Q}(t)\) component have not been disclosed.
As stated in the ICD^{16}, “B2I will be gradually replaced by a better signal with the construction of global system”. That new “better signal” is B2a, described below.
BeiDou B2a
BeiDou B2a signals, transmitted by Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites and the Inclined GeoSynchronous Orbit (IGSO) satellites of BDS3, are centered at \(f_{B2a} = 1176.45\) MHz, featuring a data channel with a BPSK(10) modulation in the I component, and a pilot channel with a BPSK(10) modulation in the Q component:^{19}
\[\begin{equation} s^{\text{(BeiDou B2a)}}_{T}(t) = e_{B2aI}(t) + j e_{B2aQ}(t)~, \end{equation}\]with
\[\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\!\! \begin{equation} e_{B2aI}(t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} \! D_{\text{BCNAV2}}\Big[ [l]_{51150}\Big] \oplus C_{\text{B2aI}} \Big[ l_{10230} \Big] p(t \!  \! lT_{c,\text{B2aI}})~, \end{equation}\] \[\begin{equation} e_{B2aQ}(t) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} C_{\text{B2aQ}} \Big[ l_{10230} \Big] p(t  lT_{c,\text{B2aI}})~, \end{equation}\]where \(T_{c,\text{B2aI}} = T_{c,\text{B2aQ}} = \frac{1}{10.23}\) \(\mu\)s, and the navigation message \(D_{\text{BCNAV2}}\) has a symbol rate of \(200\) bit/s.
This signal replaces the former B2I defined in version 2.1 of the ICD^{16}.
BeiDou B3I
BeiDou B3I signals, transmitted by Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites and the Inclined GeoSynchronous Orbit (IGSO) satellites of BDS2 and BDS3, are centered at \(f_{B3I} = 1268.520\) MHz and feature a data channel with a BPSK(10) modulation:^{20}
\[\begin{eqnarray} e_{B3I}(t) & = & \sum_{m=\infty}^{\infty} C_{NH} \Big[ m_{20} \Big] \oplus \sum_{l=\infty}^{\infty} D_{\text{B3I}}\Big[ [l]_{204600}\Big] \oplus \nonumber \\ {} & {} & \oplus ~C_{\text{B3I}} \Big[ l_{10230} \Big] p(t  mT_{c,\text{B3I}_{CH}}  lT_{c,\text{B3I}_{C}})~, \end{eqnarray}\]where \(T_{c,\text{B3I}_{C}} = \frac{1}{10.23}\) \(\mu\)s and the code length of \(C_{\text{B3I}}\) is 10230 chips.
The data message \(D_{\text{B3I}}\) varies depending on the type of transmitting satellite:

In MEO/IGSO satellites, the broadcast navigation message structure is known as D1, and it contains basic navigation data (fundamental NAV information of the broadcasting satellites, almanac information for all satellites as well as the time offsets from other systems). It is modulated by a NeumannHoffman secondary code at 1 kbit/s (so \(T_{c,\text{B3I}_{CH}} = 1\) ms), defined as \(C_{NH} = (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 0)\), and the data bits \(D_{\text{B3I}}\) are transmitted at 50 bit/s.

In GEO satellites, the broadcast navigation message structure is known as D2, and it contains basic navigation data plus augmentation service information (the BDS integrity, differential and ionospheric grid information). It is not modulated by the secondary code \(C_{NH}\), and the data rate is 500 bit/s. Thus, the B3I signals for geostationary satellites can be expressed as:
Details of the \(e_{B3Q}(t)\) component have not been disclosed.
Summary of Open Service signals
The following table lists the GNSS signals providing Open Service.
GNSS Signal  Center Freq.  Modulation 

GPS L5\(^{(*)}\)  \(1176.45\) MHz  BPSK(10) 
Galileo E5a  \(1176.45\) MHz  QPSK(10) 
BeiDou B2a\(^{(**)}\)  \(1176.45\) MHz  BPSK(10) 
GLONASS L3OC\(^{(*)}\)  \(1202.025\) MHz  BPSK(10) 
Galileo E5b  \(1207.14\) MHz  QPSK(10) 
BeiDou B2I  \(1207.14\) MHz  BPSK(2) 
GPS L2C\(^{(*)}\)  \(1227.60\) MHz  BPSK(1) 
GLONASS L2OF  \(1246.00\) MHz  BPSK(0.5) 
GLONASS L2OC\(^{(**)}\)  \(1248.06\) MHz  BOC(1,1) 
BeiDou B3I\(^{(*)}\)  \(1268.520\) MHz  BPSK(10) 
Galileo E6B\(^{(**)}\)  \(1278.750\) MHz  BPSK(5) 
BeiDou B1I  \(1561.098\) MHz  BPSK(2) 
BeiDou B1C\(^{(**)}\)  \(1575.42\) MHz  BOC(1,1) 
GPS L1 C/A  \(1575.42\) MHz  BPSK(1) 
GPS L1C\(^{(**)}\)  \(1575.42\) MHz  BOC(1,1) 
Galileo E1b/c  \(1575.42\) MHz  CBOC(6,1,1/11) 
GLONASS L1OC\(^{(**)}\)  \(1600.995\) MHz  BOC(1,1) 
GLONASS L1OF  \(1602.00\) MHz  BPSK(0.5) 
(*): Modernized signal not broadcast by all satellites.
(**): Planned signal still not broadcast by any satellite.
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