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Handheld Celestial Navigation System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H9240521P0007
Agency Tracking Number: S203-002-0205
Amount: $149,926.02
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM203-002
Solicitation Number: 20.3
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-02-24
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-26
Small Business Information
1300 Meridian Street Suite 3000A
Huntsville, AL 35801-4605
United States
DUNS: 796514763
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Kranz
 (256) 261-1260
Business Contact
 Michael Whitley
Phone: (256) 261-1260
Research Institution

Military navigation users employ a variety of systems for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). Of these systems, the Global Positioning System (GPS) has proven itself to be the most ubiquitous, useful, and universally available system providing a precise PNT solution. Given the fragility of GPS signals by means of jamming, and/or spoofing, the GPS denied environment is a real threat and requires alternative inertial aiding/updating sources of information to correct system drift. Celestial navigation is one such alternative that has been employed, but suffers from large form factors. EngeniusMicro and Kearfott Corporation propose miniaturizing the Kearfott Celestial Location & Attitude System (CLAS) and developing a reduced Size Weight and Power (SWaP) Micro-CLAS. This development effort would take a ready design in the CLAS and investigate the individual pieces to shrink not just the electronics but also the entire package allowing for a handheld celestial navigation system. The Phase I of the effort will investigate the feasibility of this approach.

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