RINEX 3.04 supports new BeiDou, GLONASS and QZSS signals

January 2, 2019  - By

IGS logoRINEX 3.04 contains updates to support planned GLONASS CDMA signals, as well as new BeiDou III and QZSS II signals.

The International GNSS Service (IGS) and Radio Technical Commission Maritime Service, Special Committee -104 (RTCM SC-104) RINEX Working Group, announced the availability of RINEX 3.04.

RINEX 3.04 supports all publicly available signals from existing GNSS constellations: the U.S. GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo, China’s BeiDou, Japan’s Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

In addition to the new signals, the RINEX 3.04 text has been edited to improve the description of messages, fields and overall readability.

The RINEX 3.04 data standard documentation is available here:



RINEX 3.04 Updates and Changes

  1. Added new signals to the GLONASS (Table 5), QZSS II (Table 8) and BeiDou III (Table 9) signal tables and updated Table A23
  2. Added section 9.12 to describe new signals from the GLONASS, QZSS II and BeiDou III constellations and to describe the differences between QZSS I and QZSS II
  3. Updated Appendix Table A2 SYS/#/OBS TYPES to show new signal codes for: GLONASS, QZSS II and BeiDou III
  4. Modified Appendix Table A5 TIME SYSTEM CORR section to clarify the GNSS time system and UTC difference fields
  5. Added numerous small corrections and text improvements as listed in the RINEX 3.04 Revision History section.

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