ANT Center

Research Activities

Over the past few decades, a number of trends within the Department of Defense have created a pressing need for defense focused precision navigation. Weapons systems have moved from single, stand-alone systems to multiple interdependent vehicles working together for mission success. Along with that, the size of targets continues to get smaller and smaller, which increases the need for better accuracy in targeting. Ultimately, the result is that precision navigation is no longer “nice to have” but a structural component to achieving the mission of the United States Air Force to “fly, fight, and win.” The Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Center is working hard to make sure the need for precision navigation is met. Some examples of the research activities happening within the ANT Center are listed below.


Advanced Target Tracking
Airborne Application of Gravity Gradiometry for Navigation
Alternative Navigation Techniques for GPS-Denied Environments
Autonomous Indoor Micro Air Vehicles
Autonomous Munitions
Biologically Motivated Autonomous Navigation and Cooperative Control
Cognitive Networks
Communication Systems
Conceptual Design and Engineering Analysis of MAVs
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Software Receiver Research
GPS-Based 3D Navigation Visualization for Low Nighttime Parachuting
High Accuracy Time-Space-Position-Information (TSPI) Systems
Hybrid Communication Networks
Image-Aided Aerial Refueling for UAVs
Image-Aided Inertial Navigation
Intelligent Navigation and Sensing for Cooperative Robotics
Lunar Navigation
Multiple UAV Cooperative Operations
Multiple Vehicle Mapping and Target Localization
Navigation Using Signals of Opportunity
Non-GPS Navigation Using Radio-Based Ranging Coupled with other Sensors
Non-GPS Sensor Fusion for Precision Navigation
Optical IMU Aiding
Pseudolite Navigation Systems
Pulsar X-Ray Signals for GPS Satellite Orbit and Clock Estimation Improvement
Radio Frequency-Electronic Warfare Systems
Radio Frequency Geolocation Systems
Real-Time Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems INS/GPS Integration for Head Tracking
Semi-Autonomous Vehicle Systems for Detection of Improvised Explosive Devices
Software-Defined Radios
Sub-Surface Navigation
Synchronized Image-Inertial Data Collection and Processing Systems for Geolocation
Systems Engineering for the Urgent Needs of the Warfighter
Two-Way Time Transfer Measurements for Navigation

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