Navigation and Guidance

NavigationCivil aviation and military operations alike depend on accurate distance, location and direction measuring systems for public safety and military mission success.  VOR, ILS, DME and GPS/Galileo electronic systems are just a few of the areas that require unique test and measurement capabilities.  With demonstrated experience in this field, Rohde & Schwarz provides accurate, flexible, high-performance test solutions to cover every need - from design, development and production to operational maintenance.

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R&S®EDS300 DME/Pulse Analyzer (TACAN)

Standalone ICAO compliant level and modulation analyzer designed for installing and maintaining pulsed, terrestrial navigation services on the ground or in the air  (DME and TACAN). View product info here

GNSS Simulator for the R&S® Vector Signal Generators: SMBV100A GNSS Options

Option available on the SMBV enables GPS, Galileo, and Glonass simulation on up to 24 satellites including moving scenarios, hardware in the loop and multipath.  Click here for more information

Portable Analyzer for ILS/VOR and Marker Beacon Systems: R&S®EVS300 ILS/VOR Analyzer

Rugged and battery operated level and modulation analyzer for starting up, checking and maintaining ILS, VOR, and marker beacon systems.  Click here for more information

Modulation Analysis Option for R&S FSMR/FSU/FSQ Spectrum Analyzers: R&S®FS-K15

VOR/ILS Measurement Demodulator for R&S FSMR/FSU/FSQ Spectrum Analyzers.  Click here for more information

Mobile Automatic Test Solution for ILS Ground Measurement: R&S®TS6300

The R&S®TS6300 is a modular ILS test system intended to perform ILS ground measurements at airports with CAT I - III runways and provide important information that can be used to perform preventative as well as corrective maintenance of transmitting systems. Click here for more information



Verify your GBAS Signals with High Reliability

This application card discusses how the R&S®EVS300 level and modulation analyzer combined with the R&S®EVS-K9 option reliably analyzes GBAS systems during ground and flight inspection.View application card here

Testing of DME/TACAN Ground Stations

This application note describes the basic operating principles of distance measurement equipment (DME) and tactical air navigation (TACAN) for distance and bearing measurements in aviation along with diverse test possibilities for maintenance of DME/TACAN ground stations.  View application note here

Verify your GBAS signals with high reliability

The R&S®EVS300 level and modulation analyzer with the R&S®EVS-K9 option reliably analyzes GBAS systems during ground and flight inspection.  View application card here

Receiving BEIDOU, GALILEO and GPS signals with MATLAB® and R&S®IQR, R&S®TSMW - 1MA203

Since BEIDOU receivers are not yet wide spread in the market, this MATLAB based application can be used to analyze and process BEIDOU signals. The free application enables and demonstrates remote operation of Rohde & Schwarz instruments using SCPI commands and attribute based drivers directly out of MATLAB scripts and functions.  View application note here

Simulating Automatic Obscuration and Multipath for Realistic GNSS Receiver Testing

The R&S®SMBV100A supports receiver testing under realistic conditions by offering features such as obscuration simulation and automatic multipath generation. Out of a multitude of possible test scenarios – with predefined or user-specific settings – this application note presents some examples to give an impression of the instrument’s capabilities.  View application note here

Recording and Playing Back the GPS RF Spectrum

A GPS L1-frequency signal is recorded using a receiver such as an R&S TSMW or an R&S FSV. Then the I/Q data is stored via the digital I/Q interface on an R&S IQR device. Playback is realized using an R&S SMBV signal generator that is also connected to an R&S IQR via a digital I/Q interface.  View application note here

Analysis of VOR and ILS Signals

This application card discuss how the R&S®FS-K15 measurement demodulator adds the analysis of VOR and ILS signals to the comprehensive facilities of the Rohde & Schwarz R&S®FSMR, R&S®FSU and R&S®FSQ analyzers.  View application card here

GPS, Glonass, Galileo Receiver Testing Using a GNSS Signal Simulator - 1GP86_2E

This application note explains how to perform automated receiver tests using the R&S®SMBV100A.  The presented tests include TTFF, sensitivity, and location accuracy measurements, moving receiver and interference tests, and many more.  Basic remote control examples are provided for the individual tests to ease programming.  View application note here

Time Synchronous Signals with Multiple R&S®SMBV100A Vector Signal Generators - 1GP84_0E

The synchonization of the instruments in based on a master-slave principle where one R&S®SMBV100A acts as a master and supplies all necessary synchronization signals to the other instruments (slaves).  The setup is simple, provides highly synchronized test signals and is ideal for certain GNSS test scenarios supporting up to 48 satellites.  View application note here

Hardware in the Loop (HIL) Testing with a GNSS Simulator - 1GP102

The Vector Signal Generator and GNSS Simulator R&S®SMBV100A is remote-controllable in realtime and can therefore be implemented into a dynamic HIL environment. The HIL simulator can dictate position coordinates, kinetic parameters, and vehicle attitude information based upon which the R&S®SMBV100A updates the simulated receiver movement in realtime.  This application note presents background information and details about operating the R&S®SMBV100A in HIL applications.  View application note here

High-Reproducibility ILS Ground Measurements Directly on Runways

This white paper describes the TS6300 Modular Test System for automated ILS ground measurements as specified in ICEO Annex 10 and Doc. 8071.  The R&S®TS6300 supports all localizer and glide path measurements and delivers reproducible results.  View white paper here

Aeronautical Radio Navigation Measurement Solutions - 1MA193_0e

This application note highlights various aeronautical radio navigation signals such as VHF omnidirectional radio range (VOR), instrument landing system (ILS) for glide slope (GS) and localizer (LLZ), as well as marker beacon (MB).  R&S® test and measurement solutions for avionics navigation equipment are introduced based on application scenarios, including calibration, research and development, field tests and transceiver testing. View application note here

Test of DME/TECAN Transponders - 1GP74

This application note describes the operating principle of DME (Distance Measurement Equipment) that is used for distance measurement in aviation.  It also describes various test scenarios for the maintenance of a DME transponder.  These tests require an R&S® SMA100A Signal Generator with a R&S® SMA-K26 DME modulation option and a R&S® NRP-Z81 Wideband Power Sensor.  View application note here

GPS Interference: Origins, Effects & Mitigations

This webinar provides a high level perspective on the effects of jamming and spoofing on GPS receivers and describes some interference mitigation approaches.  View webinar here

Part 1 - GPS Interference & Spoofing: The Effects of Jamming on GPS/GNSS Signals

(This webinar was originally aired on February 6, 2013.) After a review of GPS signal structures and current satellite constellation status, this webinar provides a tutorial examination of how interference affects GPS signal reception.  View video here

Part 2 - GPS Interference & Spoofing: Jamming & Spoofing Mitigations for Military and Civil GPS/GNSS

This is the second part of a three part webinar that discusses the detailed function of the GNSS solution.  View video here

Part 3 - Future Directions in GPS Location Assurance: Receiver Certification, Antispoofing and Proof of Location

This is the third part of a three part webinar series focuses on the importance of situational awareness, signal authentication, performance standards and good cybersecurity practices to ensure location and time integrity in user equipment.  View video here

Overview of GNSS Simulation Capabilities for the R&S®SMBV100A Vector Signal Generator

This video gives a high level overview of the capabilities of the GNSS solution. View video here

Part 1 - Introduction to the GNSS Solution on the R&S®SMBV100A

This is the first part of a three part webinat that discusses the detailed function of the GNSS solution.  View video here

Part 2 - GNSS Locationization Fix Demonstration

This is the second part of a three part webinar detailing the function and user interface of the R&S®SMBV100A GNSS solution.  View video here

Part 3 - GNSS Moving Receiver Demonstration

This is the third part of a three part webinar that demonstrates the waypoint file and moving receiver function of the R&S®SMBV100A GNSS solution.  View video here

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