GLONASS and GPS differences

  1. GLONASS is not complete. Whereas GPS has 32 satellites transmitting signals GLONASS only has 14 which does not guarantee world-wide coverage.
  2. GLONASS uses FDMA for its transmissions whereas GPS uses CDMA. in FDMA each satellite uses a different frequecy to transmit the same ranging code. in CDMA each satellite uses the same frequency with different ranging codes per satellite.
  3. GLONASS is providing a second Civilian signal on L2 which helps civilian users to properly eliminate the ionospheric error.
  4. GLONASS satellites are upgraded more often. This is due to a russian satellite design constraint or due to cost-saving measures but the GLONASS satellites have to be replaced much more often than GPS ones (every 5 to 7 yrs). This appears as a problem but it allows GLONASS to introduce new capabilities much faster than GPS.

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