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21 Sep, ’21

Jamming, precision artillery and long range drone strikes on Libyan battlefield offer lessons learned for US military [Military Times]

2021-09-21T18:17:53-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

Jamming, precision artillery and long range drone strikes on Libyan battlefield offer lessons learned for US military Shawn Snow | February 24, 2020 | Military Times Article excerpts: “The battlefield now features air defense systems, long-range drones, electronic war and the jamming of GPS systems that stretches 50 miles in from the Libyan coast — a hallmark of near-peer conflicts like Ukraine’s war with Russia and its separatist forces on the eastern front. ‘The use of air power and precision technology, including precision-guided artillery, has become a dominant feature of an otherwise low-intensity conflict,’ the UN report reads. ‘Multiple incidents of [ READ MORE ]

20 Aug, ’21

Virginia Company Licenses NASA Relative Navigation Technology [NASA] | NASA, Psionic Sign Lidar Tech Licensing Deal [ExecutiveGov]

2021-11-14T17:53:11-05:00Categories: Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: |

Virginia Company Licenses NASA Relative Navigation Technology [NASA] August 20, 2021 | NASA NASA and Virginia-based Psionic, LLC, signed a licensing agreement for the use of a NASA 3D light detection and ranging (lidar) technology called Kodiak, originally developed for a cutting-edge mission to robotically refuel a satellite in orbit. The commercial license will allow Psionic to combine the technology’s capabilities with existing lidar developments to enhance the overall design and incorporate it into future missions. Article excerpts: Psionic previously licensed a Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Lidar is a critical component of a [ READ MORE ]

20 May, ’21

Psionic Receives NASA Award to Significantly Reduce Size, Weight, and Power of Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar [NASA, Psionic]

2021-08-20T12:29:31-04:00Categories: Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: , , |

Psionic and NASA | May 20, 2021 Psionic Receives NASA Award to Significantly Reduce Size, Weight, and Power of Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar [NASA, Psionic] Opens up more functional options covering a wider range of vehicles and trajectories HAMPTON, VA, May 20, 2021—Psionic announced today that they have received a NASA 2020 SBIR Program Phase II award to create a chip-scale waveform modulation system for Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar (PNDL). Once implemented, this will significantly reduce the size, weight, and power of PNDL. “This is a major technical advancement that will further improve navigation accuracy and will make PNDL [ READ MORE ]

10 May, ’21

Defense Navigation Capabilities: DOD is Developing Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Technologies to Complement GPS [GAO-21-320SP]

2021-09-23T14:46:03-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

Defense Navigation Capabilities: DOD is Developing Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Technologies to Complement GPS GAO-21-320SP | Published: May 10, 2021; Publicly Released: May 10, 2021 Fast Facts DOD uses satellite-based GPS for critical operations with its aircraft, ships, munitions, land vehicles, and ground troops. DOD is developing positioning, navigation, and timing technology to complement GPS or as an alternative when GPS is unavailable. We looked at challenges DOD faces in developing and fielding these new technologies, and identified policy options to help address them. For example, the level of precision that GPS provides may not be needed for all applications. Clarifying [ READ MORE ]

18 Feb, ’21

Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services [Federal Register]

2021-09-21T18:43:47-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services Executive Order 13905 of February 12, 2020 Excerpts: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable and efficient functioning of critical infrastructure. Since the United States made the Global Positioning System available worldwide, positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services provided by space-based systems have become a largely invisible utility for technology and infrastructure, including [ READ MORE ]

19 Jan, ’21

GAO Report—GPS Modernization: DOD Continuing to Develop New Jam-Resistant Capability, But Widespread Use Remains Years Away [GAO-21-145]

2021-09-21T18:26:38-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

GPS Modernization: DOD Continuing to Develop New Jam-Resistant Capability, But Widespread Use Remains Years Away [GAO-21-145] Published: Jan 19, 2021; Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2021. View the full GAO report, 55 pages > Fast Facts GPS may seem like everyday technology, but it depends on military systems that continue to evolve to meet defense needs. The Department of Defense has worked for decades to develop a jam-resistant GPS capability for the military called M-code. This requires satellites to broadcast the M-code signal, control systems on the ground, and equipment that can receive it. Modernized satellites are in space but receiver [ READ MORE ]

14 Jan, ’21

Astrobotic Selects Navigation Doppler Lidar from Psionic for Mission to Deliver VIPER to the Lunar South Pole [Astrobotic]

2021-11-14T23:24:17-05:00Categories: Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: , |

Astrobotic Press Release | January 14, 2021 Astrobotic Selects Navigation Doppler Lidar from Psionic for Mission to Deliver VIPER to the Lunar South Pole Navigation Doppler Lidar chosen for high accuracy and NASA heritage for 2023 CLPS mission to search for water on the Moon Pittsburgh, PA and HAMPTON, VA, — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Astrobotic today announced they have selected Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) from Psionic for their mission in late 2023 to deliver NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the South Pole of the Moon. The NDL serves as a critical sensor element as part [ READ MORE ]

13 Jan, ’21

White Paper: Overcoming Issues in Precise Navigational Methods [Erbschloe Technical Consulting, Psionic]

2021-11-14T20:38:20-05:00Categories: Psionic Research + White Papers|Tags: , , , |

White Paper: Overcoming Issues in Precise Navigational Methods Dr. Donald R. Erbschloe recently released a white paper on navigational methods which is available from Psionic in two formats: an excerpt publication (immediate download) or full white paper (request). Abstract (Full Version) Measurement of position to within a few centimeters is readily available today, allowing unprecedented precision in navigation. This has been made possible through numerous improvements in methods and technology. The tools we employ and the way we use them have inherent errors and vulnerabilities, which jeopardize surety. The variety of [ READ MORE ]

30 Dec, ’20

Suborbital flight testing paves way for long-term goals [Aerospace Magazine]

2021-09-21T18:24:48-04:00Categories: Industry News, Psionic Milestones|Tags: , |

Suborbital flight testing paves way for long-term goals [Aerospace Magazine] The Reusable Launch Vehicles Technical Committee brings together experts to focus on leading-edge programs and developments in this area By Nicole Quenelle and John Kelly | December 2020 | Aerospace America Aerospace America, December 2020 Article excerpt: “…In September, NASA licensee Psionic Technologies, based in Virginia, flew its commercial version of NDL technology on Masten’s Xodiac vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle in Mojave, California. Xodiac functions much like a lander, providing testing to validate Psionic’s navigation algorithms and data processing and enabling the company to make any [ READ MORE ]

01 Dec, ’20

We Need a Backup for GPS. Actually, We Need Several of Them [Defense One]

2021-09-21T18:24:03-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

We Need a Backup for GPS. Actually, We Need Several of Them The key is incentivizing adoption of position-navigation-timing alternatives. By Robert Cardillo, Distinguished Fellow, CSET | December 1, 2020 | Defense One COMMENTARY C4ISR Article Excerpts: “Creating a backup to the GPS constellation has been federal policy since 2004, when President George W. Bush’s National Security Policy Directive-39 ordered the Pentagon to redouble efforts to counter jamming and other interferences and to ensure uninterrupted access to the positioning, timing, and navigation signals that undergird so many of our society’s vital functions. But although much progress has been made since then, the [ READ MORE ]

17 Nov, ’20

Masten Space Systems Selects Navigation Doppler Lidar from Psionic for CLPS Lunar Landing Masten Mission 1 [Psionic]

2021-08-20T12:23:51-04:00Categories: Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: , |

View/Download the Press Release > For Masten Meagan Crawford MCrawford@Masten.aero For Psionic Lee Wright Lee@Psionic.ai 469-233-7712 Masten Space Systems Selects Navigation Doppler Lidar from Psionic for CLPS Lunar Landing Masten Mission 1 Navigation Doppler Lidar chosen for high accuracy and long NASA heritage MOJAVE, CA and HAMPTON, VA, November 17, 2020—Masten Space Systems today announced that they have selected Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) from Psionic for their mission to the South Pole of the Moon in 2022. The NDL will be the primary navigation sensor working with the Masten Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) system to ensure a safe, precise landing. “We are excited [ READ MORE ]

14 Oct, ’20

NASA Flight Opportunities Program: Psionic Navigation Doppler LIDAR—Precision Navigation Sensor for Lunar Missions [NASA]

2021-09-21T18:22:31-04:00Categories: Psionic Milestones|Tags: , , |

NASA Flight Opportunities Program Psionic Navigation Doppler LIDAR: Precision Navigation Sensor for Lunar Missions [NASA] Overview With a goal of enabling precision navigation inside tight landing ellipses, the Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar (PNDL) is an optical laser–based system. Measuring range and velocity simultaneously and accurately in four directions, the system provides data on ground speed, height above ground, roll, and pitch. PNDL is also designed to overcome the limitations of conventional radar while mitigating dust and plume interference. Ready for flight testing and vehicle configurable, this fourth-generation system is based on a system previously commercialized as a NASA spinoff. Technology [ READ MORE ]

01 Oct, ’20

Psionic Doppler Lidar™ Application Development Kit Datasheet >

2021-01-13T23:37:27-05:00Categories: Psionic Research + White Papers|Tags: , , , |

Psionic Doppler LIDAR™ Application Development Kit (ITAR Restricted). October 10, 2020 Psionic released a revised version its Application Development Kit for Psionic Doppler LIDAR™. Psionic Doppler Lidar provides advanced detection and tracking capabilities that augment radar and image sensors with precision, distance, and stealth. It not only enhances the performance of many defense systems and applications, but in many instances enables entirely new capabilities. Psionic Doppler Lidar is a mature technology built upon NASA’s deep domain expertise in instrumentation and, in particular, lidar. Current applications include, but are not limited to, navigation, guidance, and situational awareness for ground, surface, [ READ MORE ]

18 Sep, ’20

Technology Developed for Lunar Landings Makes Self-Driving Cars Safer on Earth [NASA]

2021-11-14T18:00:15-05:00Categories: Industry News, Psionic Milestones|Tags: , |

Technology Developed for Lunar Landings Makes Self-Driving Cars Safer on Earth [NASA] September 18, 2020, NASA > NASA is advancing a laser-based technology designed to help spacecraft land on a proverbial dime for missions to the Moon and Mars. The technology will undergo testing on upcoming suborbital rocket launches with Blue Origin on its New Shepard rocket and ride to the Moon on several commercial landers as part of the Artemis program. Simultaneously, companies are using the technology to help self-driving cars navigate rush hour traffic on this planet. NASA engineers are designing an approach to safely manage multiple trips [ READ MORE ]

16 Sep, ’20

Lander Simulation Testing Helps Advance NASA Navigation Spinoff [NASA, September 16, 2020]

2021-11-14T23:04:43-05:00Categories: Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: , |

Announcement from NASA, September 16, 2020 Lander Simulation Testing Helps Advance NASA Navigation Spinoff Tech Transmits with Laser Beams for Velocity and Distance to Lunar Surface. [Psionic] A navigation doppler lidar (NDL) technology originally developed by NASA was demonstrated on a flight test on Sept. 10 with support from the Flight Opportunities program, part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. With roots at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, the technology was licensed in 2016 by Psionic for both terrestrial and space applications, and both the company and Langley continue to evolve and advance the innovation for [ READ MORE ]

26 Jun, ’20

U.S. Department of Defense—Protecting America’s Global Positioning System

2021-09-23T13:55:11-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

Protecting America’s Global Positioning System Spotlight | U.S. Department of Defense | June 26, 2020 Report excerpts: GPS At Risk The Defense Department opposes a license the Federal Communications Commission has granted to a private company, Ligado, to deploy a low-power nationwide mobile broadband network. Here’s why: GPS disruptions caused by Ligado interference could have global ramifications to U.S. national security, commercial and civil sectors, the economy, and those who rely on this service in their everyday lives. There are too many unknowns, and the risks are too great, to allow the proposed Ligado system to proceed. We risk lives [ READ MORE ]

08 May, ’20

Executive Order Seeks Stronger PNT Systems [National Defense]

2021-09-21T18:20:41-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

Executive Order Seeks Stronger PNT Systems Yasmin Tadjdeh | May 8, 2020 | National Defense Article excerpts: “…PNT services ‘provided by space-based systems have become a largely invisible utility for technology and infrastructure, including the electrical power grid, communications infrastructure and mobile devices, all modes of transportation, precision agriculture, weather forecasting and emergency response,’ said the [White House Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Services], which was released in February. However, because of the widespread adoption of these systems ‘the disruption or manipulation of these services has the potential to adversely affect the [ READ MORE ]

26 Mar, ’20

Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar to Fly on Masten Rocket in 2020 under NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program [Psionic]

2021-11-14T18:00:35-05:00Categories: Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: , |

For Immediate Release 03 March 2020 Contact Cliff Cummings, ‍Vice President, Space, Psionic LLC ccummings@psionic.ai +1 833 774 6642 x803 | 703-622-8622 Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar to Fly on Masten Rocket in 2020 under NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program HAMPTON, VIRGINIA—Psionic today announced that Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar has been selected to fly aboard a Masten rocket in early 2020 under NASA’s Flight Opportunities program. Psionic Navigation Doppler Lidar is designed to improve the safety and accuracy of landings and dockings. The test flight is the next step in demonstrating the maturity of the technology before flights of landers that will take place [ READ MORE ]

17 Mar, ’20

How Technology is Driving the Democratization of ADAS [Industry Week]

2021-12-07T18:43:16-05:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

How Technology is Driving the Democratization of ADAS [Industry Week] March 17, 2020 By Murray Slovick Today's ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) functions do more than reduce the risk of injuries during a crash. Many features, such as autonomous braking, collision avoidance, and the ability of a vehicle to determine whether a lane change is possible, are designed to help avoid accidents altogether. … Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) is a sensing method that detects objects and maps their distances. The technology works by illuminating a target with a laser pulse and measures the characteristics of the reflected return signal, helping [ READ MORE ]

03 Mar, ’20

Battle for Idlib: Turkey’s drones and a new way of war [Al Jazeera]

2021-09-21T18:20:28-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , , |

Battle for Idlib: Turkey’s drones and a new way of war What gives drones an edge over manned aircraft in certain missions and why is Turkey suddenly excelling at them? Alex Gatopoulos | March 3, 2020 | Al Jazeera Article excerpts: “Recent Turkish air raids have destroyed dozens of Syrian government tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and air defence systems sharply halting Syria’s advance towards Idlib. Allegedly launched in retaliation for an attack that killed 34 Turkish soldiers, the Turkish air offensive over Syria did not use manned aircraft but fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as UAVs or drones. [ READ MORE ]

20 Dec, ’19

DoD on Innovation Fast Track-Views of Top Pentagon PNT Managers [IG Inside GNSS]

2021-09-21T18:20:04-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

DoD on Innovation Fast Track-Views of Top Pentagon PNT Managers Dee Ann Divis | December 20, 2019 | IG Inside GNSS Article excerpts: “Making sure that PNT capabilities are not lost due to jamming, spoofing or other disruptions is one of DOD’s highest overall priorities. For the Army in particular it’s an enabling capability for its top six modernization priorities, according to the newly released 2019 Army Modernization Strategy: Investing in the Future.” “Army PNT uses this approach to support development of a new PNT capability to reduce the weight, power requirements and collective space needed for GPS receivers and antennas. [ READ MORE ]

14 Apr, ’19

The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships [Business Insider]

2021-09-21T18:19:31-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships Jim Edwards | April 14, 2019 | Business Insider Article excerpts: “‘All critical national infrastructures rely on GNSS to some extent’ — and the Russians have started hacking it…” ”GNSS comprises the constellation of international satellites that orbit Earth. The US's Global Positioning System, China's BeiDou, Russia's Glonass, and Europe's Galileo program are all part of GNSS. Your phone, law enforcement, shipping, airlines, and power stations — anything dependent on GPS time and location synchronization — are all vulnerable to GNSS hacking. A [ READ MORE ]

29 Mar, ’19

Above Us Only Stars: Exposing GPS Spoofing in Russia and Syria [C4ADS]

2021-09-21T18:19:12-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

Above Us Only Stars: Exposing GPS Spoofing in Russia and Syria C4ADS | March 2019 Executive Summary GPS and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are used in everything from cellular communication networks, to basic consumer goods, high-end military systems, and stock trading inputs. But these systems are vulnerable: by attacking positioning, navigational, and timing (PNT) data through electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, state and non-state actors can cause significant damage to modern militaries, first-world economies, and everyday consumers alike. With recent technological advances, the tools and methodologies for conducting this interference are now at a high risk for proliferation. GNSS attacks [ READ MORE ]

30 Mar, ’16

New Gravimeter Technology Will Enable High-Res Drone-Based Gravity Mapping [Vice Motherboard]

2021-12-07T18:49:18-05:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

New Gravimeter Technology Will Enable High-Res Drone-Based Gravity Mapping [Vice Motherboard] March 2016 Potential applications range from detecting volcanic eruptions to mapping underground oil lakes. Gravity along Earth's surface is anything but constant. ... The maximum gravitational variation on Earth's surface winds up being around 0.7 percent. Read more >

30 Mar, ’16

Stamp-Size Gravity Meter Could Have Big Impact On Oil Exploration [IEEE Spectrum]

2021-12-07T18:49:53-05:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

Stamp-Size Gravity Meter Could Have Big Impact On Oil Exploration A silicon MEMS device that accurately measures gravity could make geophysical surveys easier, cheaper, and safer 30 March 2016 | Prachi Patel To find buried oil reserves, surveyors have for decades used gravity meters, or gravimeters, along with other instruments. Gravimeters are hypersensitive versions of accelerometers: They measure extremely tiny changes in the acceleration due to gravity. These nanoscale changes can happen because of the presence of subterranean geological features like oil wells. The best gravimeters in use today are the size of a shopping basket, weigh a few kilograms, [ READ MORE ]

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