Tag Archives: GPS

NASA Demos First X-Ray Navigation in Space

NASA has performed the first fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space, which could help future robotic spacecraft to travel to deep space locations. The space agency said Thursday a team of engineers carried out the experiment called the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology, or SEXTANT, on Nov. 11. …

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NIST Studies Use of Quantum Physics to Support Underground, Underwater & Indoor Comms

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun to experiment with “quantum radios” that might be able to support communications and mapping in environments where radios, global positioning systems and cellphones cannot operate reliably. NIST said Tuesday its researchers are studying very low frequency digitally-modulated magnetic signals that can penetrate building …

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Report: Army Seeks Non-GPS PNT Tech for Ground Vehicles

The U.S. Army is looking for new technologies that can help ground vehicles relay coordinates in any weather and terrain without the need for a global positioning system link, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. The service branch released a request for information in December to collect public input on available non-GPS systems …

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Army to Develop PNT Open Architecture System

The U.S. Army has begun to develop an open architecture system that would use plug-and-play sensors to facilitate navigation for soldiers deployed to GPS-limited areas, C4ISRNET reported Monday. The Scorpion positioning, navigation and timing system is designed to employ modular hardware and software through a tactical computer and has only been tested on commercial platforms. “It will …

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DoD Units, Universities Test Air Platforms in GPS-Denied Environment

A group of Defense Department organizations and U.S. universities has tested various aircraft in an environment where global positioning system signal is degraded. The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday the week-long demonstration dubbed Developmental Test Navigation Festival was carried out in Edwards Air Force Base, California to evaluate aerial system performance in …

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DARPA Test-Flies Autonomous Small Quadcopters

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency put unmanned quadcopters through a series of tests to demonstrate autonomous flight without the aid of human operators or global positioning systems. DARPA said Wednesday three research teams under the Fast Lightweight Autonomy program flew small unmanned quadcopters through various environments using onboard cameras and sensors as well …

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NIST Launches Indoor Navigation App Devt Challenge

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has launched a challenge to foster the development of a smartphone application for indoor navigation. NIST said Friday the PerfLoc competition aims to give app developers and small companies access to NIST-collected data to aid the creation computer algorithms for indoor localization tools. An NIST-led team collected data …

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Air Force Tests C-130J Hardware, Software Upgrades

U.S. Air Force airmen have performed a training flight using an updated version of the Lockheed Martin-built C-130J Super Hercules at Little Rock Air Force Base in an effort to test the operability of the aircraft’s new hardware and software features. The Air Force said Tuesday airmen from the 19th and …

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NASA Plans Earth Science Data Acquisition From Small Satellite Operators

NASA looks to procure imaging and radio occultation data from commercial small satellite companies to help address the space agency’s Earth science research goals, Space News reported Wednesday. Jeff Foust writes NASA’s budget request for fiscal year 2017 includes $30 million for satellite development and data acquisition efforts under the Small Satellite Constellations Initiative. …

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