Defense

All Betz are on: A satnav book review

February 10, 2016By
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There is something for everyone interested in satnav in this wonderful book, regardless of their level of involvement or sophistication with PNT. This book is a treasure trove for PNT engineers and satnav experts but it’s readability is such that even if you are only slightly curious about how space based PNT works, you will find it an educational and enjoyable read. read more

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ION Joint Navigation Conference abstracts due by Feb. 15

February 3, 2016By

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Institute of Navigation (ION) Joint Navigation Conference (JNC) is Monday, Feb. 15. Abstracts must be received by Feb. 15 and must be written for public release. For more information and instructions on submitting an abstract, visit the ION website. The JNC is the largest U.S. military positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint... read more

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US Navy unmanned system passes tests on submersible

January 29, 2016By
A surrogate LDUUV is submerged in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy's Common Control System at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Washington. (U.S. Navy photo)

The U.S. Navy tested its newly developed Common Control System (CCS) with a submersible unmanned vehicle during a series of underwater missions at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Washington. The CCS successfully demonstrated its capability to provide command and control to a surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV). CCS is a software architecture with a common... read more

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Demonstration shows unmanned ground-air collaboration

January 29, 2016By
An unmanned Black Hawk delivers an autonomous ground vehicle to a remote site in a demonstration for the U.S. Army of a joint robotic air-ground mission.

Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions, the university announced Jan. 20. During the Oct. 27 demonstration, an unmanned Black Hawk helicopter picked up an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), flew a 12-mile route, delivered the UGV... read more

Aerial delivery without GPS can aid troops, relief operations

January 25, 2016By
A JPADs pallet lands on target, followed by several others still in the air, during recent testing. (Photo: US Army)

The U.S. Army’s Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) has developed a new capability with a navigation alternative to GPS. read more

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DARPA hosts Proposers Day on new atomic clock

January 13, 2016By

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is holding a Proposers Day on Feb. 1 to inform potential contractors about the Atomic Clock with Enhanced Stability (ACES) program. ACES is a potential $50 million program that seeks to develop battery-powered atomic clocks that work to provide warfighters with synchronization and precision timing capabilities during navigation, communications, electronic warfare and reconnaissance... read more

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Air Force awards contract to support GPS modernization

January 13, 2016By

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an order to support embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts. The Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program is developing M-code-capable GPS receivers, which are mandated by Congress after fiscal year 2017 and will help to ensure the secure transmission of accurate military signals. Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee order valued at $4.8 million... read more

GPS aboard the world’s highest, fastest manned gliders

January 13, 2016By
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly floats aboard the International Space Station after the hatch opening of the Soyuz spacecraft Mar. 28, 2015. (Photo: NASA)

Featuring an exclusive interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly from aboard the International Space Station This month, we discuss sailplanes of all sorts and conduct a brief on-orbit interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly concerning his time piloting the space shuttle — actually a supersonic glider. We touch on the role GPS played in making it a safer rocket glider. Kelly also gives us... read more