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Navigation Research & Development

Navigation Research & Development

Synthetic Environment Applications Laboratory


Communication, Information & Navigation (CIN) | Navigation Research & Development center (nrdc)

Worminster BuildingARL conducts navigation research, development, test, and evaluations for new technology navigation sensors and systems for application in air, marine, and land vehicles at its Navigation Research and Development Center (NRDC) located in Warminster, PA.

Product areas include gyroscopes, accelerometers, gravimeters, gradiometers, speed sensors, inertial navigators, geophysical navigation, radio and satellite navigation systems, celestial navigation systems, and integrated navigation systems.

The NRDC has over 40 years of navigation research and development experience related to ship, submarine, aircraft, and land vehicle applications. Our products span the range of navigation equipment from conventional mechanical navigation sensors to new technology solid-state sensors (i.e., ring laser, fiber optics, micro-machined), gimballed and strapdown inertial navigators, satellite and radio navigation systems, celestial navigation systems, and integrated navigation system.

Mission:

  • Conduct navigation sensor and system research, development, test, and evaluation in support of DoD, government, and commercial activities
  • Act as trusted technical agent and trusted test activity for DoD, government, and commercial activities
  • Support other agencies, contractors, and educational institutions in the use of this special test facility
  • Provide navigation education
Functions:
  • Mission Analysis
  • Specifications
  • Concept Formulation
  • Design Studies
  • Algorithm Development
  • Prototype Development
  • Experimentation
  • Analyses and Simulations
  • Systems Engineering
  • Performance Testing
  • Error Modeling
  • Interface Development
  • Diagnostic Investigations
  • System Integration
  • Test Vehicle Operations
  • Navigation Education
Product Areas:

New Technology Sensors

  • Gyroscopes
  • Accelerometers
  • Gravimeters/gradiometers
  • Speed sensors
  • Performance Testing
  • Error Modeling
  • Interlace Development
  • Diagnostic Investigations
  • System Integration
  • Test Vehicle Operations
  • Navigation Education

Integrated Navigation Systems

  • Vehicle navigation systems
  • Geographic information systems
  • Relative navigation systems

Navigation Systems

  • Inertial navigators
  • Gyrocompasses
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Passive navigators
  • Gravity and terrain estimation systems
  • Magnetic navigation systems
  • Bathymetric navigation systems

Navigation Education

  • Accredited Graduate Courses
    • Masters Degree
    • PSU Certificates
  • Short Courses (tailored to customer's needs)
  • Accommodations
    • Distance Education
    • On-site Classroom
    • Customer Site