The U.S. Navy Is Testing Non-GPS-Like Devices That Do Not Require Satellites

Quartermasters plot navigation points in the bridge of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a night replenishment-at sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) in 2015. Essex is the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Liam Kennedy/Released).  

Task & Purpose: The Navy is testing a GPS-like device that doesn’t require satellites  

“The future is extremely bright for this line of research.”  

The Navy is researching a new technology that could help sailors and Marines navigate in places where the Global Positioning System just doesn’t work. 

Unlike GPS signals, cosmic ray muons are a natural source of radiation that can pass through rock, buildings and earth and can be used at high latitudes north of the Arctic Circle, where GPS satellites do not work well due to their orbital constraints, the Office of Naval Research wrote in a press release on Tuesday.

In September, ONR and the U.S. Army Development Command co-funded a group of international researchers who want to show that muons can work as an alternative to GPS and still deliver the same level of precision. They have nine months to show their stuff, and if it works, it could be a game-changer for the military.

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WNU Editor: The military will be needing this non-GPS capability if this should happen …. Russia Warns NATO It Can Obliterate Its Satellites With Its New ‘Star Warrior’ Technology (November 24, 2021).

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