This certification mark is awarded to a ground-based test and development environment for the simulation of Galileo signals in the real world (Galileo test-bed).
With the IOV satellites being operational and more satellites just about to be added to the orbit configuration, the European satellite navigation system Galileo is increasingly in the focus of attention. The need arises to test applications which make use of Galileo in addition to GPS under realistic circumstances. Galileo is to be viewed as the European counterpart to the US American satellite navigation system GPS. Within this context the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) has initiated a number of projects to develop so-called GATE (Galileo Test Environment) test-beds to create ground-based test environments for the emerging market of satellite navigation products for Galileo. These test-beds support receiver and application developers in their development of Galileo products.
This certification mark is awarded within the scope of voluntary testing and certification. In cooperation with the applicant test criteria will be set up before commencing with the testing. The assessment of the test-bed and associated tests are focused on conformity with the applicable Galileo specifications and on the competence and quality of the applicant’s operation of the test-bed systems.
Certification test criteria are differentiated between technical and operational requirements.
The technical requirements shall ensure conformity of the test-bed signals with the applicable Galileo specifications. They are largely based on the following documents:
The operational requirements shall ensure conformity of the test-bed operation with the requirements of a ‘test laboratory’. They are therefore based on:
When assessing the test-bed emphasis is put on: