World News: Boeing-led team develop surface navigation concept for DARPA

World News:  Boeing-led team develop surface navigation concept for DARPA

The US Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has commissioned Boeing to lead an industry team in the development of a navigation system that would still work if GPS signals were not available.

The objective of the Robust Surface Navigation (RSN) program is to develop technologies that can exploit various ‘signals of opportunity’ – electronic waves emanating from satellites, cell-phone towers and television transmission towers – to provide precise location and navigation information to ground troops when GPS signals are electronically jammed or blocked by natural or man-made obstacles.

“The challenge is to develop an integrated system that can use all available signals – not just GPS – to provide accurate navigation information through one small receiver, thereby eliminating the need for an expensive, fixed infrastructure,” said Bart Ferrell, Boeing Phantom Works program manager for Precision Navigation Programs.

The Boeing-led RSN team includes ROSUM (Mountain View, Calif), NAVSYS (Colorado Springs, Colo), and Shared Spectrum (Vienna, Va).

ROSUM is the only company that has used broadcast television signals to locate mobile assets, and the first company to combine television and GPS signals for situational awareness in all environments.

NAVSYS offers services in three primary areas: GPS, inertial navigation systems, and communications systems.

Shared Spectrum has developed innovative cognitive radio technologies for government and commercial customers with challenging radio communications and networking requirements.

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