Yesterday a new Beidou satellite was launched. It is rumoured to be a new type. The satellite is referred to as Beidou-3 M1. That makes it the first Beidou-3 satellite. According to GPS World:
The Beidou Phase III system includes the migration of its civil Beidou 1 or B1 signal from 1561.098 MHz to a frequency centered at 1575.42 MHz – the same as the GPS L1 and Galileo E1 civil signals — and its transformation from a quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) modulation to a multiplexed binary offset carrier (MBOC) modulation similar to the future GPS L1C and Galileo’s E1. The current (Phase II) B1 open service signal uses QPSK modulation with 4.092 megahertz bandwidth centered at 1561.098 MHz.
Will this work with the Navspark Beidou receiver? If this satellite uses a new signal at GPS/Galileo frequency with an MBOC modulation it is a lot like a Galileo satellite. Since Navspark does not support Galileo signals will it be able to use this Beidou? We will see when the satellite is operational.