Handheld Dismount Kit for Persistent, Precision Navigation in GPS-challenged Environments for Military Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-16-C-1721
Agency Tracking Number: F2-8684
Amount: $1,490,581.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF153-002
Solicitation Number: 2015.3
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-03-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-03-20
Small Business Information
4970 Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL, 00000
DUNS: 809202018
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. William Travis
 (256) 509-7584
Business Contact
 Dr. Glenn Rolader
Phone: (770) 344-9057
Email: glenn.rolader@is4s.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT:The warfighter needs an accurate and reliable source of Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) when GPS is not available. Fortunately, technical advances in navigation sensors and algorithms can reduce dependence on the venerable, yet vulnerable, GPS system. Inertial sensors are becoming increasingly smaller and more accurate. Low cost, powerful embedded computing platforms enable real time implementation of sophisticated techniques that process large quantities of data. As a result, image based navigation and RF ranging systems are rapidly increasing in maturity. Together, these systems offer the potential to greatly reduce or constrain growth in PNT error.The IS4S team proposes to develop a handheld dismount kit for warfighter navigation in GPS-challenged environments. When GPS is not available, the system will provide the warfighter with an accurate PNT solution, including an accuracy estimate, using inertial-based pedometry, vision, and RF ranges to other warfighters and military platforms. PNT and accuracy will be displayed on a Rockwell Collins MicroDAGR, even when GPS is not available, and this data will be output in standard formats, such as NMEA. All additional components will be designed to be lightweight, have minimal intrusion to the warfighter, and capable of operating for at least 8 hours.BENEFIT:Maintain PNT in GPS contested or denied environments

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