2017 Simulator Buyers Guide

March 21, 2017  - By
Cast Navigation iP-Solutions Racelogic Skydel Spectracom
Spirent Federal Systems Syntony-GNSS Talen-x

Cast-5000 GPS wavefront generator

CRPA and Attitude Determination Receiver Testing

5000layeredwhite-castnavThe CAST-5000 produces a single coherent wavefront of GPS RF signals to provide repeatable testing in the laboratory environment or anechoic chamber. The basic system generates four independent, coherent simulations that reference a single point and is upgradeable to support seven elements for CRPA testing. With an intercard carrier- phase error of less than 1 centimeter, the CAST-5000 is extremely accurate.

The system generates a wavefront of GPS when its GPS RF generator cards are operated in a ganged configuration. Each generator card provides a set of GPS satellites coherent with the overall configuration. Several RF generator cards may be utilized together, ensuring phase coherence among the bank of signal generator cards.

The CAST-5000 Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) tester allows a full end-to-end test of the antenna system. The CRPA antenna, antenna electronics and the GPS receiver can be tested as a unit with or without radiating signals.


  • Generates single coherent wavefront of GPS.
  • 6-DOF motion generation capability.
  • Complete SV constellation editing.
  • Post-mission processing via ICD-GPS-150/153.
  • Differential/relative navigation.
  • Antenna pattern modeling.
  • Waypoint navigation.
  • RAIM events.
  • Multipath modeling.
  • Spoofer simulation.
  • Satellite clock errors.
  • External trajectory input.
  • External ephemeris and almanac.
  • Several iono and tropo models.
  • Modifiable navigation message.
  • Modeled selective availability.
  • Time-tagged satellite events.
  • Selectable host vehicle parameters.

phone: 978 858-0130
email: sales@castnav.com

iP-Solutions, Zero-C Seven Inc.

Simceiver, Replicator, ReGen

iP-Solutions brings its 10-year development for designated users — including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) COSMODE ionospheric scintillation monitor — to general users worldwide.

MFR1iP-Solutions users have a complete GNSS lab at their disposal. They can simulate, record and process signals in real-time with the company’s receiver, and playback almost any GNSS signal.

Moreover, users have complete control over the simulated signals in real-time and with high fidelity.

iP-Solutions provides mid-level and high-end simulation solutions with the same level of accuracy and fidelity.

Mid-Level Solution
iP-Solutions’ mid-level Simceiver simulator allows multi-frequency simulation of various GNSS signals with all essential models. The additional ANSI C API allows users to modify existing models or introduce their own.

iP-Solutions’ mid-level solution range even includes a comprehensive interference and spoofing laboratory.

The Simceiver is controlled usign the comprehensive ReGen software, providing the user with great freedom to create any desired signal.

High-End Solution
ninja-hresiP-Solutions’ high-end Ninja simulator allows for multi-antenna controlled radiation pattern antenna (CRPA) and local-area augmentation system (LAAS) simulation.

iP-Solutions’ educational packages for academia combine hardware at a special academic price with academic versions of all the software and two textbooks authored by iP-Solutions’ lead engineer Ivan Petrovski and JAXA lead scientist Toshiaki Tsujii (published by Cambridge University Press).

phone: +81-3-3560-7747
e-mail: tak@ip-solutions.jp (Japan)
chris@ip-solutions.jp (Nth. America)
kyron@ip-solutions.jp (International)


LabSat 3 Wideband
LabSat is a cost-effective and intuitive GNSS simulator.

Labsat_Lid-OffNew to the LabSat range of GNSS record and replay devices is LabSat 3 Wideband, which continues with the established reliability, cost-effectiveness, and simplicity of operation that are the benchmarks of the LabSat system.

A recording bandwidth of 56 MHz allows for the capture of a very wide range of live-sky satellite signals:

  • GPS: L1 / L2 / L5
  • GLONASS: L1 / L2 / L3
  • BeiDou: B1 / B2 / B3
  • QZSS: L1 / L2 / L5
  • Galileo: E1 / E1a / E5a / E5b / E6
  • IRNSS: L5

Depending on the desired bandwidth, recording resolution can be set to 2, 4, or 6 bit. Check out the GNSS frequency guide on the LabSat website — labsat.co.uk — to see exactly which signals can be recorded and at which resolution.

Even with this greatly increased capacity over the original LabSat 3, the new simulator remains extremely easy to use: one-touch recording, no connection to PC required, battery powered for up to two hours, and with a removable 1-TB solid-state hard drive that can be replaced in no time, the LabSat 3 Wideband is convenient to use. It measures a compact 167 x 128 x 46 millimeters and weighs 1.2 kilograms.

SatGen Wideband
For product future-proofing, the soon-to-be-launched SatGen Wideband will allow for testing with signals not yet fully available, such as GPS L2C and L5 — further increasing the power and versatility of the new LabSat 3 Wideband.
phone: +44 (0)1280 823803


SDX: Software-Defined GNSS Simulator

skydel-sdxSDX uses GPU-accelerated computing and software-defined radios (SDR) to create an advanced and fully-featured GNSS simulator. SDX is available as complete turnkey systems or software only.

The software-defined approach offers many benefits:

  • COTS hardware offers economy of scale and eliminates dependency over dedicated hardware platforms.
  • Generic hardware allow users to repurpose their equipment for different projects.
  • Configurable output to test receiver at various entry point with RF, IF or IQ data.
  • Uncompromised performance with high dynamics and accuracy.
  • Record user interactions and export them to scripts to automate complex use cases intuitively. The export feature reduces the learning curve for advanced concepts.
  • Advanced signal customization (signal signature, private encryption, etc.)

SDX Key Features

  • Multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou), multi-frequency (upper and lower L-band).
  • Selectable RF, IF frequency and IQ file data.
  • GPS encrypted codes.
  • Fully integrated jammers (static or moving) with over 120-dB jamming-to-signal ratio.
  • Multipath.
  • Additive pseudorange (PSR) ramps.
  • Message modification and corruption.
  • 1000-Hz update rate and high dynamics.
  • Space (LEO-GEO), air and ground vehicle with 6DoF trajectories.
  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) integration.
  • Street maps integration.
  • Raw data logging.
  • Real-time receiver deviation analysis.
  • Powerful and simple API.
  • On-the-fly reconfiguration.
  • Windows and Linux compatible.

SDX is ideal for design and validation of GNSS receivers, complex integration, academic research, NAVWAR and test engineering.

Skydel engineering and research teams offer direct support to clients to ensure prompt deployment and integration, or review advanced customization requirements.



For mission-critical PNT applications

Spectracom_GSG_highres_smallThe Spectracom GSG series of GPS/GNSS simulators are an essential tool to evaluate risk to jamming, spoofing or any other threat. Spectracom GSG-5/6 series simulators are easy-to-use, feature-rich and affordable, offering high value for hardening GPS-based systems compared to the limitations of testing from live-sky signals. The Spectracom platform approach allows users to buy what they need today and upgrade later. The adaptability of the GNSS RF generation platform can extend to applications for intelligent repeating and meaconing.

Test Solutions

  • Position accuracy and dynamic range/sensitivity.
  • Simulate movements/trajectories anywhere on or above Earth.
  • Sensitivity to GPS impairments: loss of satellites, multipath, atmospheric conditions, interference, jamming and spoofing.
  • Conducted or over-the-air RF.
  • GPS time-transfer accuracy.
  • Effect of leap-second transition.
  • Multi-constellation testing.
  • Modernization signals/frequencies.
  • Keyless military SAASM, dual-frequency and survey-grade receiver testing.
  • Application packages for, RTK, CRPA (controlled radiation pattern antennas).
  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) integration.
  • Test solutions for eCall and ERA-GLONASS Infrastructure Possibilities.
  • Zone-based indoor location (intelligent repeating).
  • seudolite applications.

GSG-6 Series 64-channel, multi-frequency, advanced GNSS simulator is powerful enough for any cutting-edge test program. GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS and IRNSS signals are available across multiple frequencies. The GSG-6 is designed for military, research and professional applications.

GSG-5 Series 16-channel multi-constellation L1-band GNSS Simulator is designed for commercial development/integration programs. If the user is developing commercial products with GNSS capability, the GSG-5 will shorten test programs with confidence.

GSG-51 single channel signal generator is designed for one purpose — fast, simple Go/No-Go manufacturing test and validation, ensuring the manufacturing line is operating at full capacity with confidence in quality.

email: sales@spectracom.com
phone: +1-585-321-5800

Spirent Federal Systems

GSS9000, CRPA Test System, GSS6450 RPS, GSS200D
Spirent Federal provides simulators that cover all applications, including research and development, integration/verification and production testing.

GSS9000GSS9000. The Spirent GSS9000 Multi-Frequency, Multi-GNSS RF Constellation Simulator can simulate signals from all GNSS and regional navigation. The GSS9000 offers a four-fold increase in RF signal iteration rate (SIR) over Spirent’s GSS8000 simulator. The GSS9000 SIR is 1000 Hz (1ms), enabling higher dynamic simulations with more accuracy and fidelity. It includes support for restricted and classified signals from the GPS and Galileo systems as well as advanced capabilities for ultra-high dynamics. It can evaluate resilience of navigation systems to interference and spoofing attacks, and has the flexibility to reconfigure constellations, channels and frequencies between test runs or test cases.

CRPA Test System. Spirent’s Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) Test System generates both GNSS and interference signals. Users can control multiple antenna elements. Null-steering and space/time adaptive CRPA testing are both supported by this comprehensive approach.

GSS6450. The GSS6450 RF Record Playback System (RPS) takes RF recording and playback systems to a whole new level of performance and flexibility, while being housed in a small (8.5 x 7.8 x 3 inch) portable case. The GSS6450 can record any GNSS signals currently available with bit depths up to 16 bits (I&Q) and bandwidths of up to 50 MHz. The flexible product structure allows the system complexity to grow with the user’s testing needs.

GSS200D. A truly end-to-end solution that builds up a complete picture of interference activity at site of interest. It continuously monitors the GNSS frequency bands for interference, then captures and analyzes them. The GSS200D is a detection system that operates simultaneously on multi-frequency.

Spirent Federal Systems
1402 W. State Rd.
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
phone: 801-785-1448
fax: 801-785-1294

Key contacts: Jeff Martin, VP of Business Development and Sales
Kalani Needham, Sales West
Tyson Gurney, Sales East


Montage-gui-constellatorConstellator is Syntony’s cost-effective full soft multi-constellation GNSS simulator. Designed to test receivers against current and future signals, Constellator matches top-end processing performance and RF quality and offers utmost flexibility in simulation control.

  • performs fair-weather tests, but also is designed to subject receivers to suboptimal conditions, extreme situations and combinations of errors difficult to access in real-world tests — all of it finely controlled and indefinitely repeatable.
  • is compatible with other best-in-class test solutions providing GNSS component end-to-end system tests, including hardware in the loop.
  • core is software, ensuring that all future constellations, satellites and codes can be handled. Most functional upgrades will then be software-only.
  • is used in aerospace and defense (among others) for: multi-antenna receiver testing for spacecraft launcher, satellite onboard receiver testing (telecom and observation) and defense UAV receiver testing.

Main Features

  • 128 channels (extensible) delivering high-quality satellite signals on six distinct frequencies (L and S band)
  • Hardware-in-the-loop testing at 10- to 100-Hz refresh rates
  • Extensive simulation options:
    • • Full-time and location control
    • Receiver trajectories with extreme dynamics
    • Background noise, interference and jamming/spoofing (two units)
    • Atmospheric propagation errors
    • Satellite errors
    • Multipath and obscuration
    • On-the-fly scenario modifications
    • Receiver attitude control
    • Very accurate spaceborne trajectories

Main Simulation and Modeling Capabilities

Receiver trajectories: Includes four spatial reference frames and trajectory editors for ground, marine, aerial and spatial motion and import facility.

Receives receiver’s position updates from test-rig in real time and generates corresponding GNSS signals and messages.

Atmospheric errors: Propagation issues can be simulated at individual signal level with different models provided for ionosphere and troposphere.

Satellite error modeling options include orbital errors, onboard clock errors, satellite electronics (front-end) defects, satellite dysfunctions and signal fade, disappearance and “evil waveform” incidents.

phone :+33(0) 581 319 919


BroadSim: The NAVWAR Simulator
BSim_stacked-forward-facing_reflectionBroadSim was developed to simplify advanced jamming and spoofing scenarios with Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) testing in mind. Powered by Skydel SDX, a 1000-Hz GNSS simulator engine, BroadSim is able to simulate multiple vehicles, constellations, and code types (military and civil). BroadSim is ideal for supporting real-world field tests, NAVWAR testing and jamming.

Field Testing. Field testing GPS receivers to determine their performance and vulnerabilities in degraded or competing environments is becoming standard practice. BroadSim has proven to excel in field testing events due to its integrated GPS receiver allowing for built-in live-sky synchronization, four independent RF outputs, and a wide dynamic range with up to 0 dBm transmit power. A typical configuration for a live-sky field test would have BroadSim time synchronized to live sky, transmitting C/A, P, Y and M on L1 while simultaneously transmitting P, Y and M on L2 all at 0 dBm.

NAVWAR. BroadSim is great for NAVWAR testing because of how easy it is to use and configure multiple vehicles. Talen-X has carefully designed the simulator such that users can easily create true signals using two RF outputs and spoofed signals using the other two RF outputs. BroadSim’s graphical user interface (GUI) is intuitive and designed to meet the demand of NAVWAR testing.

Advanced Jamming. An innovative feature that has been added to BroadSim is the ability to generate jamming signals without any additional hardware. Using a simple interface, users can specify the jammer location, power level, waveform type and antenna pattern. BroadSim uses its 1000-Hz engine to compute the I/Q data incident on the user antenna for both the GNSS and jammer signals. This new paradigm of jamming simulation makes it easy to simulate complex jamming environments.

phone: +1-319-382-5369
email: sales@talen-x.com