Unjammable and Tough on the Ground: New IMUs Improve Military Ground Vehicle Positioning & Navigation

Unjammable and Tough on the Ground: New IMUs Improve Military Ground Vehicle Positioning & Navigation

In tactical-grade navigation and concentrating on techniques, a brand new inertial expertise has proved itself beneath essentially the most demanding situations, displaying the precision required for assured positioning, navigation, and timing (A-PNT) options.

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The photonic built-in chip (PIC) makes a dramatic breakthrough in fiber-optic gyro (FOG) design, changing particular person fiber parts with an built-in planar optic chip for superior reliability. With discrete parts now contained inside a single PIC — no splices, no handbuilt elements, — it provides elevated reliability, longer lifetime and reduces optical loss.

Its strong, dependable extremely correct efficiency swimsuit it for a spread of demanding functions from autonomous navigation to subsurface missions. Its principal function thus far has been in tandem with an exterior DAGR (Defense Advanced GPS Receiver) in a navy floor car situation. For concentrating on functions, it supplies an  interface to turret angle encoders and laser vary finders. It additionally helps an elective chip-scale atomic clock (CSAC).

You’ll see up-close and detailed efficiency outcomes, notably when GPS/GNSS is pulled out of the answer, as in a jamming or spoofing situation, or operations in deep city environments. The new PIC inertial measurement unit (IMU) continues to offer accuracy inside 0.2% of distance journey beneath GPS-denied situations. On a current 360 kilometer drive on paved roads, it had a ultimate dead-reckoning place error of 65 meters, for an exceptional 0.02% charge. On a 14-kilometer off-road journey in very muddy terrain, its error was 0.12% of distance travelled.

The PIC additionally eliminates issues related to wheel-slips in muddy, sandy and free terrain, and continues to carry out in high-altitude conditions.

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Robert Balog, Chief Technology Officer at KVH Industries, Inc.

Robert Balog has served as KVH Industries chief expertise officer since January 2019. Previously, he served as senior vp, engineering from October 2008 to January 2019 and vp of engineering, satellite tv for pc merchandise from February 2005 to October 2008. From June 2003 to January 2005, Mr. Balog served as president of his personal engineering contract providers firm, Automation Services, Inc., a contract product improvement and providers group specializing in a variety of automation options. From June 2001 to May 2003, Mr. Balog served as vp of engineering at ADE Corporation. From 1989 to April 2001, Mr. Balog held a number of positions at Speedline Technologies, Inc., a provider of capital tools to the electronics meeting trade, together with basic supervisor and vp of analysis and improvement. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association. Mr. Balog is the recipient of 14 U.S. patents. Mr. Balog holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

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Matt Vargas

Matt Vargas, TACNAV Business Development/Sales Manager at KVH Industries, Inc.

Matt Vargas’ duty at KVH is enterprise improvement inside KVH Industries’ Inertial Navigation division.  Before becoming a member of KVH, Mr. Vargas was vp of enterprise help of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. More not too long ago, Mr. Vargas ran the COVID-19 testing operations for the State of Rhode Island. Mr. Vargas has 13 years of expertise in small enterprise improvement, consulting, finance, and navy operations. He has labored in difficult home and worldwide environments all through his profession, together with a deployment to Afghanistan. Mr. Vargas is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

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Kevin Ricketts

Kevin Ricketts, Director, TACNAV Product Development at KVH Industries, Inc.

Kevin Ricketts is the director of TACNAV Product Development at KVH Industries, Inc. Prior to becoming a member of KVH, he was director of engineering at Comprehensive Power, a dynamic power options supplier for navy, marine, renewable power and the oil and fuel industries in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He has intensive expertise in program and product administration. Mr. Ricketts was additionally with Northstar Marine Electronics of Acton, Massachusetts the place he held quite a few positions together with director of engineering. Among different duties, he was answerable for R&D. Mr. Ricketts is a graduate of Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. He can also be a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain.

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