Locata Corporation announced today that NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) research at its world-renowned Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
NASA Langley is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new UAS safety and technology concepts which are currently under development. The LocataNet will provide the vitally important high-precision non-GPS-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) that is essential for this work.
“Locata is proud and delighted to have received an order for NASA’s first LocataNet,” said Nunzio Gambale, Locata CEO. “Globally significant installations like this prove Locata’s new technology is delivering unprecedented levels of performance to many important new applications. As our technology rollout begins to gain pace, the exceptional value Locata brings to next-gen mobile apps has attracted interest from players all over the world. In fact, our list of relationships is now looking like a roster of the world’s crème-de-la-crème. I honestly can’t think of a better or more prestigious name than NASA to add to our growing partner list.
NASA Langley, established in 1917 by the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, is the oldest of NASA’s field centers and well known for its long history of aeronautics research. These days, however, it’s Langley’s prestige as a key center for American UAS research which regularly attracts national coverage. In fact on June 20 2015 one of Langley’s unmanned hexacopters (a drone with six rotors) rocketed to international prominence when – for the first time – medical supplies were delivered to a hospital by an unmanned drone. It was hailed by experts as the first delivery in the USA by a government-approved drone, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the flight was “historic.” Locata’s cm-accurate positioning will now assist NASA to develop and improve flight-critical technology systems that support air transportation safety, efficiency and performance. Langley’s extensive state-of-the-art facilities will be further enhanced with the installation of this LocataNet.
“Our team is savoring the opportunity to work alongside NASA engineers and we’re excited that Locata will help advance the safety-critical performance of Unmanned Aerial Systems,” Gambale continued. “This NASA development is just one more example of an unstoppable technology wave now driving the automation and fully-autonomous control of next-gen systems. Almost all future mobile devices or machines – be they on the road, in the air, on a mine site, in a port, in a warehouse, in your mobile phone, or part of the inevitable Internet of Things – all of them are critically dependent on pervasive, reliable, high-accuracy positioning. Locata is being leveraged into these next-gen systems because it’s clear that satellite-based solutions alone can no longer deliver what’s required. Soon, as we bring miniaturized Locata transmitters and receivers to market, our innovations will enable even greater advances in cutting-edge consumer, commercial, and government applications.”
The NASA LocataNet is scheduled to be installed and commissioned before the end of 2015. Locata will supply the LocataLite Transmitters and Locata Receivers required by NASA for the installation at Langley. Aviation-quality Locata antennas, developed by Cooper Antennas (UK) and previously used by the USAF in their pioneering military LocataNets, will also be installed. Locata engineers will support the physical installation, on-going training and the future technical support required by NASA Langley for this world-first UAS deployment.
Locata Corporation has invented completely new terrestrial positioning networks which function as local, ground-based replicas of GPS. These networks can best be thought of as “GPS hotspots.” There is no other technology that can do this. Many years of R&D have resulted in Locata amassing 146 granted patents to date protecting these innovations, with many more patents in the works. Locata is already shipping commercial systems to extremely demanding and professional end users like the USAF, NASA, Leica Geosystems, and many others. Locata allows their integration partners – for the first time – to extend GPS-like positioning coverage to modern industrial, commercial, consumer and government applications in areas where GPS is erratic, jammed or unavailable.
When end users first gain access to Locata’s seamless satellite+terrestrial positioning systems – which Locata calls GPS 2.0™ – they quickly realize it’s a game-changer. As the “GPS 2.0” name implies, Locata is a fundamental advance in this technology space, taking GPS to the next level. Locata’s innovations will power the next-generation of wireless position solutions, and in the process redefine expectations about what modern positioning applications can and should do.
Locata has single-handedly pioneered this new “GPS everywhere” experience, and is now rolling it out to the world.
Positioning will never be the same again.