NASA plans to install at its Langley Research Center a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research, according to Australia-based Locata Corp.
NASA Langley in Hampton, Va., is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new UAS safety and technology concepts that are currently under development. The LocataNet will provide high-precision, non-GPS-based positioning, navigation and timing that is essential for this work, says Locata.
The NASA LocataNet is scheduled to be installed and commissioned before the end of the year. Locata will supply the LocataLite transmitters and Locata receivers required by NASA for the installation at Langley.
Locata antennas, developed by Cooper Antennas, will also be installed. Locata engineers will support the physical installation, ongoing training and the future technical support required by NASA Langley for deployment.
Locata says its centimeter-accurate positioning will now assist NASA to develop and improve flight-critical technology systems that support air transportation safety, efficiency and performance.