ITT Exelis to help Air Force explore GPS alternatives

ITT Exelis has won a $2.15 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to research the development of a small satellite navigation payload that would augment the existing Global Positioning System program, the company said Jan. 23.

The goal of the 18-month initial study for the GPS Navigation Satellite (NAVSAT) program is to identify innovative ways to increase affordability and sustainment of the GPS program through payload weight reduction, size and power, the company said. GPS NAVSAT will maintain similar performance capability to the existing GPS system, but will aid GPS end-users in signal-constrained environments, located in urban or mountainous terrain.
The GPS NAVSAT program seeks to provide affordable capabilities to aid end-users located in tough-to-reach environments.

The company will do the work in Clifton, N.J., and Bloomfield, N.J.


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