DARPA contracts BAE for subsea navigation project work
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has picked BAE Systems to help develop an undersea navigation system aimed at enhancing the U.S. Navy’s ability to provide precise, global positioning throughout the ocean basins.
The contract will support a program called the Positioning System for Deep Ocean Navigation (POSYDON), which seeks to allow undersea vehicles to accurately navigate while remaining below the ocean’s surface.
POSYDON aims to replace current navigational methods that pose a detection risk for undersea vehicles forced to surface periodically to access the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS), which cannot sufficiently penetrate seawater. In addition, access to above-water GPS may be denied by hostile signal jamming.
Under DARPA’s POSYDON program, a BAE Systems-led team will create a positioning, navigation, and timing system designed to permit vehicles to remain underwater by using multiple, integrated, long-range acoustic sources at fixed locations around the oceans.
The vehicle instrumentation needed to capture and process acoustic signals for accurate navigation will also be developed under this program.
BAE Systems said it would rely on its expertise and capabilities in signal processing, acoustic communications, interference cancellation, and anti-jam/anti-spoof technologies for the program.
Other members of the POSYDON team are the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin.