Navy asks industry to develop sensors and communications to enable unmanned aircraft to land on carriers

Navy asks industry to develop sensors and communications to enable unmanned aircraft to land on carriers – link

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  • Navy unmanned aircraft researchers are asking industry to develop precise sensors and communications systems to enable UAVs to land safely aboard aircraft carriers in electronic jamming, bad weather, and other harsh conditions
  • Officials of the Office of Naval Research in Arlington, Va., released a broad agency announcement (N00014-21-S-SN02) for the Landing Autonomous Navigation Technology for Enhanced Recovery to Navy Ships (LANTERNS) project to improve communications between ships and aircraft
  • LANTERNS seeks to develop and demonstrate an advanced landing system to improve unmanned air operations in contested environments, and move these technologies into naval aviation programs of record as soon as possible
  • Autonomous landings rely on accurate measurements of UAV and aircraft carrier positions, headings, and similar information. Sensors can get this information by measuring aircraft and ship position, heading, pitch, roll, yaw, heave, and sway
  • Measuring these different movements can come either from GPS and inertial measurement units on each aircraft and ship, or from measuring the relative position and heading of the UAV with a high-accuracy sensor onboard the aircraft carrier
  • For either of these two techniques to work, two-way communications are necessary, which will require advanced new technologies
  • To do this, Navy researchers are asking industry to develop a precision ship-relative navigation solution that meets demanding datalink bandwidth and range goals using antennas and radios for UAVs and aircraft carriers that integrate into the carrier-based Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS)
  • Companies interested should submit full proposals no later than 11 Feb. 2021 online at FedConnect at fedconnect.net.
  • Email technical questions to David Findlay, the LANTERNS program officer, at findlay@navy.mil, or Zachary Sechrist at zachary.sechrist@navy.mil. Email business questions to James Farnsworth at James.Farnsworth@navy.mil.
  • More information is online at https://beta.sam.gov/opp/9e3d71c823584efcada680b47fe7a16d/view.
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