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Unconventional Navigation Approaches Using Signals of Opportunity

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-21-C-0757
Agency Tracking Number: N211-098-1196
Amount: $240,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N211-098
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-08-05
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-11-08
Small Business Information
14960 Woodcarver Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80921-1111
United States
DUNS: 182097444
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Alison Brown
 (719) 481-4877
Business Contact
 Debra Westra
Phone: (719) 481-4877
Research Institution

Current navigation systems are heavily reliant on GPS for both commercial and military applications. While GPS provides high accuracy, it is subject to denial in a contested environment. Under this effort, NAVSYS shall deliver an alternative navigation (ALTNAV) solution that utilizes signals of opportunity (SoOP) from a combination of commercial and military space systems. This will heavily leverage prior work performed by NAVSYS to deliver PNT as a Service (PNTaaS) under contract to DARPA, Air Force, and Navy customers. Under the Phase I effort, we shall design an ALTNAV solution using SoOP signals and Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology suitable for use on a hypersonic glide vehicle. We shall demonstrate the expected ALTNAV performance through simulation and develop a plan to build a prototype solution in Phase II. We shall work with industry partners to develop a transition plan to a solution suitable for the high-velocity and challenging environmental conditions associated with hypersonic flight or low earth orbit. Under the Phase I option, we shall use prototype hardware and signal simulators to demonstrate a proof of concept of the ALTNAV solution. Under Phase II, we shall build a prototype for live demonstration of the navigation solution using space SoOp broadcasts

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