GPS Adjacent-Band Compatibility Assessment

Demand for commercial spectrum to support broadband wireless communications has led the government to consider repurposing various radio frequencies, including the satellite communications bands next to GPS.

In 2012, the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing proposed to draft new GPS spectrum interference standards to inform future proposals for non-space, commercial use of the bands adjacent to the GPS signals. Learn more

Assessment Plan

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The Department of Transportation's (DOT) approach to this task is to develop power limit criteria for transmitters in the bands near GPS. DOT prepared a GPS Adjacent-Band Compatibility Assessment Plan providing a framework for the development of the criteria.

The plan identifies the processes to (a) derive power limit criteria to ensure new adjacent-band applications do not disrupt current GPS services and (b) determine similar levels needed for future GPS equipment using modernized and interoperable GNSS signals. These processes will be used to develop and specify adjacent-band transmitter power limits needed to protect GPS/GNSS signals for civil applications.

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Device Testing

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New DOT will begin testing GPS/GNSS receivers in April 2016 pursuant to the final test plan published in March 2016. Device testing will take place at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) facility in New Mexico.

Any GPS device manufacturer interested in providing assistance for the testing should contact Stephen Mackey at stephen.mackey@dot.gov or 617-494-2753 by March 18, 2016.

Additional information:

Before finalizing the test plan, DOT published a draft for public comments.
View draft (DOT.gov) View comments (regulations.gov)

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October 2015 Workshop

DOT hosted a fourth workshop on October 2, 2015, to discuss the draft test plan and provide an opportunity for questions prior to the close of the comment period.

Meeting Materials

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March 2015 Workshop

DOT hosted a third workshop on March 12, 2015, at Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA, to continue discussions of the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment. The workshop focused on the following topics: (i) Identification of GPS and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers to be considered for testing that are representative of the current categories of user applications; and (ii) discussion of a GPS/GNSS receiver test plan.

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December 2014 Workshop

DOT hosted a second workshop on December 4, 2014, at Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA, to continue discussions of the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment. The workshop focused on the following topics: (i) GPS "use case" information, with emphasis on non-government applications; (ii) identification of current GPS receivers which are representative of the current categories of GPS applications and which should be considered for testing; and (iii) feedback on the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment program implementation plan presented during the September 2014 workshop.

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September 2014 Workshop

On September 18, 2014, DOT hosted a workshop in Cambridge, MA, to discuss implementation of the Adjacent-Band Compatibility Assessment Plan. Discussion focused on the various implementation steps, including development of GPS receiver use cases, identification of representative GPS receivers, and development of a test and analysis program.

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