Northrop Grumman will push through with the third phase of a U.S. Air Force program to improve geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications in locations and conditions not covered by global positioning system.
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory awarded the contract after the company completed the first two phases of the Maintain Accurate Geo-registration via Image-nav Compensation program, Northrop announced Wednesday.
During the first two phases, the contractor was able to develop and demonstrate prototype geo-registration algorithms in a vision-aided inertial navigation system.
For the third phase, it is expected to incorporate 3D maps into the system, quantify risks related to image-based navigation and continue test flights to assess performance in realistic environments.
Northrop Grumman is working with Toyon Research Corp. for the project.