All your base are belong to us!

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gpsless-signal.jpgIn this day and age, to go to war without Global Positioning System (GPS) would practically be suicide, as you won’t be able to pinpoint the exact location of your targets as well as troops. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has obviously thought about such a GPS-less situation, and has awarded a concept development contract to a team of bigwig corporations led by none other than Boeing. Known as the Robust Surface Navigation (RSN) program, this technology will concentrate on developing technologies which are capable of exploiting different “signals of opportunity” – basically any electronic waves emanating from satellites, cellphone towers, and even TV transmission towers. This technology will be able to provide the exact location and navigation information to ground troops even when GPS signals are unavailable or blocked.

The entire project team includes ROSUM, NAVSYS, and Shared Spectrum, where these companies work together to leverage the technical expertise and capabilities in order to develop an extremely robust integrated system for surface navigation. ROSUM is currently the only company that has utilized broadcast TV signals to locate mobile assets, while marrying both TV and GPS signals for 100% situational awareness no matter the environment. NAVSYS, on the other hand, offers high quality technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. Shared Spectrum’s pedigree comes from the fact it has developed innovative cognitive radio technologies for the government and commercial customers who have pretty quirky (read: challenging) radio communications and networking needs.

Should this project be successful, one can truly say, “All your base are belong to us!” with pride :)

Source: Gizmag

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