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Satellite-to-Indoor Broadband Channel Measurement Campaign at 1.51 GHz and 5.2 GHz

Jost, Thomas and Wang, Wei and Dammann, Armin and Schubert, Frank and Mensing, Christian and Fiebig, Uwe-Carsten and Wendlandt, Kai and Walter, Michael and Zierhut, Richard and Tawk, Paul (2008) Satellite-to-Indoor Broadband Channel Measurement Campaign at 1.51 GHz and 5.2 GHz. In: ESA Workshop on Radiowave Propagation 2008. ESA Workshop on Radiowave Propagation 2008, 2008-12-03 - 2008-12-05, Noordwijk, Niederlande.

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The Global Positioning System (GPS) made outdoor localization broadly available and is commonly employed for automotive navigation for a large number of users. The future European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Galileo promises even more available satellites as well as more precise positioning. Nowadays low cost devices are available to track satellites at received power levels as low as −159dBm. With these high sensitivity receivers (standalone or in sensor combination) indoor satellite tracking becomes possible. But errors by signal blocking, diffraction and refraction still impede navigation by a GNSS indoors, so new algorithms have to be developed to mitigate such errors. The first step towards those algorithms is to evaluate the propagation characteristics for the satellite-to-indoor channel. Therefore channel sounder measurements in terms of positioning like in [1] and [2] are substantially needed. Currently the European Space Agency (ESA) discusses the use of the C-band at 5 GHz for future satellite navigation signals. To obtain significant insights into channel characteristics, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) performed channel sounder measurements in L-band as well as in C-band. The measurements were accomplished using the Medav RUSK DLR channel sounder [3] at operating center frequencies 1.51 GHz (L-band) and 5.2 GHz (C-band). While the receiving antenna was located in an indoor environment, the transmitter was mounted on a mobile crane similar to measurements described in [4] and [5]. In such a way the crane simulated a satellite by transmitting a 5W chirp signal with a rectangular spectral shape of 100MHz bandwidth. To obtain elevation angles up to 65° the transmitter was lifted up to a maximum altitude of 43m above ground. Overall twelve different transmitter positions were obtained from in three different azimuth positions and four different heights for each azimuth position. The heights were 12m, 16.5m, 25m and 43m above ground. A directional antenna with 3dB-beamwidth of 60° was used at 1.51 GHz as well as at 5.2 GHz at transmitter side. The signal transmitted was right hand circular polarized with a time period of 12.8μs giving a maximum resolvable impulse response length of 12.8μs. The building itself can be characterized as a standard three story office building of concrete with standard non- metallic window glass. The rooms located on the second floor (approximately 9m above ground) are usually used for presentations and contain less furniture than a normal office room. Rooms included two presentation rooms, a lobby and a corridor without windows. As our primary goal was to simulate a moving receiver instead of pure point measurements, the receiving antenna was mounted on a model train which was specially prepared for this task. Two different tracks running through different rooms each one give a broad view on variability of indoor scenarios. Each was track was used two times for a transmitter position, one time for the L-band measurement and one time for the C-band measurement without moving the transmitter position, resulting in 48 different measurement sequences. The position of the transmitter was precisely determined using the Leica TPS1200 tachymeter system giving a nominal accuracy in the sub cm domain. To get a similar accuracy for the receiver antenna on the model train as well, the model train was equipped with a rotary encoder giving 500 impulses per motor turn. To prevent wheel slipping the model train runs by a cogwheel. Together with each radio frequency measurement done in a cycle of 1ms the number of impulses given by the rotary encoder was saved which results in a precise travelled distance measure for each captured impulse response snapshot. To map the traveled distance to coordinates, the track as well as the starting point of the model train were measured in the same coordinate system as the transmitter by the Leica TPS1200 tachymeter system. As receiving antenna we used a hemispheric right hand circular polarized antenna. As the time of arrival is the most important value for navigation receivers and therefore the most important part in this measurement campaign, receiver and transmitter were always perfectly synchronized by using one common rubidium atomic clock serving as frequency normal. This setup prevents time drifts which usually occur in channel sounder measurements.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/55979/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Satellite-to-Indoor Broadband Channel Measurement Campaign at 1.51 GHz and 5.2 GHz
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Date:December 2008
Journal or Publication Title:ESA Workshop on Radiowave Propagation 2008
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Radio wave propagation, GPS
Event Title:ESA Workshop on Radiowave Propagation 2008
Event Location:Noordwijk, Niederlande
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-12-03 - 2008-12-05
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignment
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - no assignment (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Communications Systems
Deposited By: Jost, Thomas
Deposited On:11 Dec 2008
Last Modified:26 Sep 2012 09:53

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