Where can I find the actual radiation pattern and signal strength of transmitting antennas used by GNSS navigation satellites/constellations (GPS, GLONASS, IRNSS, etc)?


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Exact radiation patterns and gain (you're probably not asking about signal strength since that depends on distance which isn't constant) will vary across all the different GNSS contellations, even individual generations / blocks of same systems, but for a fairly detailed analysis of GPS blocks, you can refer to e.g. GPS Space Service Volume: Ensuring Consistent Utility Across GPS Design Builds for Space Users.

For example, side lobe gain patterns could look like this (for GPS Block IIF and Block IIR-M):

  GPS Block IIF and Block IIR-M side lobe gain patterns

And hemispherical gain patterns could look like this (For GPS Block IIR):

  GPS constellation hemispherical gain patterns

You can find more relevant information e.g. by searching the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS).

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @TidalWave. Are there any other resources, where I can find more similar data for other constellations.??? $\endgroup$
    – akum
    Dec 3, 2015 at 23:44
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    $\begingroup$ @akum I know that InsideGNSS covered a lot of this, and on top of already mentioned NTRS you may also want to search for technical reports over at AIAA. $\endgroup$
    – TildalWave
    Dec 3, 2015 at 23:53

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