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Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Without The Global Positioning System (GPS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-20-P-0034
Agency Tracking Number: A19C-003-0042
Amount: $166,389.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19C-T003
Solicitation Number: 19.C
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-02-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-05-31
Small Business Information
324 Sudduth Cir NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
United States
DUNS: 013181424
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chun Yang
 VP, Research and Development
 (650) 430-6267
 yang@qunav.com
Business Contact
 Andrey Soloviev
Phone: (740) 541-1529
Email: soloviev@qunav.com
Research Institution
 University of Colorado at Boulder
 Jade Morton Jade Morton
 
Ann and H. J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80303
United States

 (303) 492-8630
 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

In order to fully utilize the potential of collaborative navigation and multi-sensor fusion for GPS-denied PNT, QuNav and our academic partner, University of Colorado, propose to develop a collaborative network system that provides resilient PNT solutions in GPS-denied environments for mounted and dismounted platforms, thus providing war-fighters with ubiquitous PNT capabilities. Furthermore, the deployment of our resilient PNT network (PNT-Net) is safe, secure, and covert, thus protecting its users from electromagnetic countermeasures, spoofing threats, and anti-radiation attacks in radio-frequency (RF) contested environments. The PNT mechanization optimally combines sensor measurements from networked nodes by: (i) Extracting (partial) information about absolute navigation and timing states from non-GPS sources (when and if available) such as terrestrial or space-based opportunistic signals; (ii) Applying collaborative networking with secure inter-node data exchange to (a) combine sparse information from individual nodes into fully observable navigation and timing states, and (b) propagate these states over the entire network; and, (iii) Using a dead-reckoning sensor-fusion to maintain reliable PNT capabilities over mission segments where absolute navigation and timing sources are not available.

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