Defense

Networking for assisted PNT

July 8, 2016By
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A networked radio from Thales is designed to meet soldiers’ need for assured positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) while on foot. The MBITR2 is part of a broader defense effort to provide PNT solutions in case of GPS jamming or interference. The MBITR2 is one of a number of devices and technologies, many still in development, to address this need.... read more

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Navsys honored for security

July 7, 2016By

Navsys Corporation received the 2016 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award, the highest honor the Defense Security Service (DSS) presents to cleared industry partners, for its facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 1986 by Alison Brown, NAVSYS has assisted other small businesses, including partner GPS Source, in establishing security programs for GPS products. The company conducts research... read more

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Insitu awarded $71 million Blackjack UAS contract by NAVAIR

June 23, 2016By
The RQ-21A is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde after its first flight at sea. The tests were held in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 10, 2013.

Insitu has been awarded a US$71 million follow-on contract to produce six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), with options for two more, from U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The RQ-21A Blackjack has significantly larger payload mass, volume and power than other small UAS currently being used in theater, according to Insitu, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. The system... read more

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Iridium and GPS revisited: A new PNT solution on the horizon?

June 8, 2016By
Replica of Iridium satellite. (Photo courtesy of Iridium)

How many times have you heard of a nearly 20-year-old space constellation being modified with a new technology? It almost never happens. Get the details on Iridium's new Satellite Time and Location System. read more

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Tomorrow’s driverless convoy on the road today

June 6, 2016By
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Unmanned tactical wheeled vehicles for logistics and route clearance missions provide a significant force protection advantage — removing personnel from targeted vehicles, extending standoff distance from explosives, and empowering a single operator to simultaneously supervise multiple unmanned assets in convoy. This article discusses some of the enabling technologies and the motivations behind them, for safer and more efficient logistics and... read more

GPS anti-jam technology on board Schiebel UAS ensures mission success

May 26, 2016By
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NovAtel’s compact GAJT anti-jam antenna is now on-board Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS). The Vienna-based manufacturer Schiebel is focused on the development, testing and production of the Camcopter S-100UAS, as well as innovative mine detection equipment, and is a long-time customer of NovAtel’s high-precision GNSS positioning technology. In 2015, Schiebel was evaluating NovAtel’s GAJT antenna as an option... read more

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AF Space Command holds wargame focused on resilience

May 24, 2016By

Air Force Space Command began its 10th Schriever Wargame May 19 at Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala. The Schriever Wargame (SW 16), set in the year 2026, explores critical space issues and investigates the integration activities of multiple agencies associated with space systems and services. The objectives of SW 16 center on identifying ways to increase the resilience of space that includes our intelligence community, civil, commercial... read more

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Royal Navy adopts iXBlue’s inertial technology

May 18, 2016By
The iXBlue's Marins inertial navigation system.

iXBlue, a navigation and positioning company, is providing 70 Marins M7 to equip 35 Royal Navy major surface ships and submarines as part of the Navigation Compass Programme. The decisions to equip both the Queen Elizabeth-Class Aircraft Carriers and the fourth Astute-Class nuclear-power submarine with iXBlue’s Marins inertial navigation system (INS) were the first steps made by the UK Ministry of... read more

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