GNSS Signal Processing Techniques for Spoofing Resiliency

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Virginia Tech

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) for vehicle navigation and timing are widely relied upon by many users in a variety of different sectors such as transit, financial, military, and many others. There are a number of ways for an agent to purposefully degrade a GNSS user's navigation performance. One such attack is a spoofing attack where the agent transmits signals with the same signal structure as GNSS signals, but they are modified to produce an incorrect navigation solution. Resiliency to these attacks is important for GNSS navigation. Two methods for GNSS resiliency are explored in this dissertation. The first method uses a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna and receiver in order to obtain direction of arrival estimates of all visible signals and their computed pseudoranges. Two contributions were produced for this method. The first contribution is an optimization of a DoA cost metric that use DoA estimates along with known GNSS ephemerides to distinguish authentic signals from spoofed signals. The second contribution of this work is a combined DoA/pseudorange cost metric to improve the classification of authentic signals from spoofed signals as well as improve its robustness to multi-transmitter spoofing attacks. The second method uses a method known as Chimera, which involves authenticating the civilian L1C GPS signal using a digital signature in the navigation message and punctures in the spreading code. This method can be used to distinguish authentic and spoofed signals, however, a delay between the time the signal is tracked by the receiver and the time when it can be determined authentic is inherent in Chimera and degrades navigation performance. This delay can range from 2 seconds to 3 minutes. Four additional contributions have been made in support of Chimera. The first Chimera contribution is the design and evaluation of a navigation system for Chimera using a tightly coupled GPS/INS extended SRIF that accounts for the Chimera authentication delays. The second Chimera contribution is an investigation into staggering of the authentication times of the GPS satellites in order to improve navigation results. The third Chimera contribution is the development of a RMS or maximum steady-state position error metric to compare the accuracy achieved by different authentication group designs when used in conjunction with the previously discussed filter from the first Chimera contribution. The fourth Chimera contribution investigates different authentication group designs to find groups that will produce low value metrics. These investigations included local authentication group optimization, synthesizing a global design using local designs, and the effects of time and IMU grade. Each of these contributions has a significant impact on improving either the resilience of a GPS receiver to spoofing or the navigation accuracy of a GPS receiver that is inherently resilient to spoofing.

GNSS, Spoofing, Chimera, CRPA, GPS/INS