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US Air Force to deploy non-GPS positioning technology

US: The US Air Force 746th Test Squadron (746 TS) has awarded New Mexico-based TMC Design Corporation a contract to install and integrate the Locata Non‐GPS Based Positioning System (NGBPS) on White Sands Missile Range (WSMR).

Under this contract, TMC Design will design, integrate, install and test the NGBPS system to provide the 746 TS with highly accurate “truth data” covering a large proportion of WSMR.

The Locata system will give the 746 TS an entirely new and enhanced capability, allowing them to evaluate the operations of mobile and airborne position, navigation, and timing (PNT) equipment in GPS‐denied environments.

The operational installation of the NGBPS system will consist of both fixed and mobile Command and Control (C2) nodes, and a network of LocataLite transceivers deployed on WSMR. The Locata NGBPS system is capable of operating in combination with GPS, or completely independent of GPS, depending on 746 TS mission requirements.

Source: Air Traffic Management