Advanced Receiver Terminal for User Services

Background & Objectives

While the Galileo core system is developed in the frame of the ESA IOV phase, supported by the GSTB experimentation test beds, it is necessary to develop the necessary user application-driven user terminals in parallel, ensuring that commercial competitive receivers are available either as products or through applications and services as soon as the Galileo service is available.

The main goal of this project is to implement and test a fully-fledged Galileo/GPS professional type receiver (ARTUS). As Galileo itself, as well as any Galileo signal sources, are not readily available, the second major goal is to design and build a Constellation Signal Simulator (MERLIN). As Galileo introduces new signal structures and becomes a new, innovative technology system, a central focus of the project is to develop corresponding new technologies for the receiver as well as for the signal generator.


The work in this project has been broken down into four interconnected main activities: - Investigation of core technologies - Development of ARTUS receiver prototype - Development of verification signal generator - Validation of the ARTUS prototype (with full receiver chain in real environment with SIS transmission). For further information, please refer to the picture.


The ARTUS project is targeted towards the investigation of relevant core technologies for the professional receiver development. Based on Galileo receiver pre-developments, GPS RTK bread-boarding and on a complete Galileo professional prototype receiver (ARTUS), a receiver will be developed which supports all three Galileo frequencies including EGNOS. A Galileo/GPS signal generator (MERLIN) is being developed for signal validation which the consortium plans to commercialise as an independent product.

Jon Winkel
Alte Gruber Straße 6
85586 Poing DE
GSA Project Officer: 
Eric Guyader
Total Cost: 
4 669 990 €
EU Contributions: 
2 469 977 €
Project Call: 
FP6 2nd Call
Contract Number: 

Work performed & results

The project plan foresees the following deliveries Documents: Task 1: Project & External coordination PMP Project Management Plan KO PR-n Progress Report 1-7 FR Final Report IOV-TN Contribution to IOV Phase ODP Overall Development Plan A-DP-ANT Antenna Development Plan A-DP-RFE RF-FE Development Plan A-DP-BB Baseband Development Plan A-DP-NAV Navigation Development Plan M-DP-SG SG Development Plan PB Project Brochure PO Project Overview (Presentation) Task 2: Core Technology Investigation CT-SR Core Technology Investigation Syn-thesis Report CT-TN 2110 Code Multipath Analysis CT-TN 2120 Carrier Phase Multipath Mitigation CT-TN 2130 Interference - Base-Band CT-TN 2140 Interference Analysis for RF-FE CT-TN 2210 RTK CT-TN 2220 TCAR/MCAR CT-TN 2230 RDG for RTK CT-TN 2240 Permanent GNSS Networks CT-TN 2310 Compact Antenna A-PDR CT-TN 2320 Adv. Antenna and Interference Mitigation CT-TN 2410 Commercial Service Code Encryption CT-TN 2420 Quality Control CT-TN 2510 (Bi-Frequency) Receiver CT-TN 2520 Timing Receiver M-CDR Task 3: Prototype Receiver Development (‘ARTUS’) A-TS RX Overall Technical Specification A-ADD RX Architectural Design Document A-ICD RX Interface Control Document A-TVP RX Overall Test & Validation Plan A-DDD RX Detailed Design Document A-TR RX Test Reports A-QR A-UM RX User Manual A-QR A-TS-ANT Antenna Technical Specification A-TS-RFE RF-FE Technical Specification A-TS-BB Baseband Technical Specification A-TS-NAV Navigation Technical Specification A-TVP-ANT Antenna Test Plan A-TVP-RFE RF-FE Test Plan A-TVP-BB Baseband Test Plan A-TVP-NAV Navigation Test Plan A-DDD-ANT Antenna Detailed Design Document A-DDD-RFE RF-FE Detailed Design Document A-DDD-BB Baseband Detailed Design Document A-DDD-NAV Navigation Detailed Design Document Task 4: Galileo Signal Generator (‘MERLIN’) M-TS SG Technical Specification M-ADD SG Architectural Design Document M-ICD SG Interface Control Document M-DDD SG Detailed Design Document M-IVP SG Integration &Verification Plan M-TR SG Test Reports M-QR M-UM SG User Manual M-QR Hardware: MERLIN Galileo Signal Generator ARTUS Professional Prototype Receiver

Photo Gallery

  • Study logic of the ARTUS projectThe yellow boxes on the left side represent the primary previous projects of the consortium members, being a direct input to the ARTUS project. All other boxes and links are directly related to the study logic of the ARTUS project itself.IFEN

Leica Geosystems
University FAF Munich
WORK Microwave GmbH
Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB)

Updated: Oct 11, 2018