LocataNet-based White Sands High-Accuracy Reference System Nears Full Operation

The LocataNet installation at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, has completed its final system verification testing and is on schedule to become a fully operational capability in January 2015.

The network serves as the Non-GPS Based Positioning System (NGBPS) subsystem for the Ultra High Accuracy Reference System operated by the Central Inertial and GPS Test Facility (CIGFT) at WSMR. An article in the May/June 2012 issue of Inside GNSS describes the design and testing of the system.


The LocataNet installation at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, has completed its final system verification testing and is on schedule to become a fully operational capability in January 2015.

The network serves as the Non-GPS Based Positioning System (NGBPS) subsystem for the Ultra High Accuracy Reference System operated by the Central Inertial and GPS Test Facility (CIGFT) at WSMR. An article in the May/June 2012 issue of Inside GNSS describes the design and testing of the system.

Based on successful results of a technical demonstration in October 2011 that prototyped the architecture in a real-world end-to-end environment, the U.S. Air Force issued sole-source contracts to Australia-based Locata Corporation and TMC Design Corporation to develop, produce, and install the ground transceivers, rovers, and command and control elements that comprise the LocataNet NGBPS.

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