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Optically-Aided, Non-Global Positioning System (GPS) for Aircraft Navigation Over Water

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-19-C-0474
Agency Tracking Number: N191-003-0413
Amount: $139,937.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N191-003
Solicitation Number: 2019.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-05-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-29
Small Business Information
200 Westside Square, Huntsville, AL, 35801
DUNS: 129074840
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Aycock
 (256) 562-0087
Business Contact
 Michele Banish
Phone: (256) 562-0087
Research Institution
Polaris proposes a hybrid system, combining a Sky Polarization Azimuth Sensing System (SkyPASS) Gen3 heading sensor and a Celestial Positioning System (CPS) into a SkyPASS Gen3 Positioning System (SkyPASS-GPS). The SkyPASS-GPS system will utilize multiple celestial technologies (including Sun tracking, star tracking, and sky polarization mapping) combined with novel algorithms to provide heading accuracies of 0.05 degrees and position accuracies to within 10s of meters. The resulting system will be 24-hour capable, can operate in various cloud conditions, is driftless, is not affected by magnetic disturbances, is not able to be denied or spoofed, is passive (and thus non-detectable), and can operate anywhere on Earth (including at high altitudes and near the North and South poles). The SWaP and cost of such a system would allow for integration on a variety of platforms, including small UAVs. This novel approach would enable GPS-denied navigation over water (or other featureless terrain) to high accuracy, potentially achieving GPS-level accuracy.

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