Rockwell Collins has won a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop technologies that could serve as a backup to GPS.
The research is being conducted as part of DARPA’s Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments (STOIC) program. Further, the research aims to reduce warfighter dependence on GPS for modern military operations, the company announced Thursday.
Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell Collins will develop innovative architectures and techniques to enable communication systems that will support time transfer and positioning between moving platforms independent of GPS, with no impact on primary communications functionality.
“STOIC technology could augment GPS, or it may act as a substitute for GPS in contested environments where GPS is degraded or denied,” said John Borghese, vice president of the Rockwell Collins Advanced Technology Center.
“The time-transfer and ranging capabilities we are developing seek to enable distributed platforms to cooperatively locate targets, employ jamming in a surgical fashion, and serve as a backup to GPS for relative navigation.” Borghese added.
The goal of the STOIC program is to develop positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems that provide GPS-independent PNT, achieving timing that far surpasses GPS levels of performance.
The program is comprised of three primary elements. When integrated, they have the potential to provide global PNT independent of GPS, including long-range robust reference signals, ultra-stable tactical clocks, and multifunctional systems that provide PNT information between cooperative users in contested environments.
For this third technical element, Rockwell Collins is tasked with developing multifunction communication system solutions that yield DARPA STOIC objective picosecond-accurate time transfer and enable GPS-levels of relative positioning accuracy in contested environments.
“Future applications of STOIC technology could include a variety of precision relative navigation operations, such as autonomous aerial refueling and cooperative navigation and collision avoidance within unmanned aerial vehicle swarms,” said Borghese.
“It also could support precise time transfer for networking operations in contested environments.” Borghese said.
Rockwell Collins will introduce a new lightweight, wearable version of its FireStorm Integrated Targeting system at Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2015, September 15-18 in London. The company announced Friday that it is also showing for the first time in Europe its new TruNet networked communication solution
Rockwell Collins has delivered the first Gen III F-35 Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS) to Lockheed Martin Today. Rockwell Collins, through its joint venture, Rockwell Collins ESA Vision Systems LLC, is providing the F-35 HMDS to help pilots situational awareness by allowing them to look through the airframe, the company said in a statement
Rockwell Collins announced Monday that it will showcase Combined Vision System, a flight Deck Technology, at Paris Air Show 2015. Rockwell Collins Combined Vision System fuses enhanced vision and synthetic vision on a head-up display
Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins, has been awarded a contract from the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to demonstrate the Multifunction Advanced Data Link (MADL) on the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS). DLS will work with SPAWAR and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory to support the sharing of mission-critical data to further bridge the interoperability communications gap between fifth-generation stealth aircraft and fourth-generation fighter jets
DARPA is soliciting research proposals in technologies that enable network interoperability among airborne platforms in adversarial environments. DARPA has issued a request for proposals to enable manned and unmanned air systems to rapidly, securely, and automatically share information across diverse waveforms and networks despite adversary jamming, it said in a statement Wednesday
The US Army Material Command and Rockwell Collins have signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement for implementing strategies and initiatives to optimize efforts needed to supply advanced products and services to war fighters. “The shared goal of this agreement is to achieve quicker contracting, by leveraging and expanding existing contract vehicles and increasing the speed of business
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