Up to £650k is available for this two phase competition co-funded by the MoD and Innovate UK.
Global Positioning System (GPS) use is now ubiquitous and its success has prompted major developments in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) generally. The current challenge is to develop solutions that can take advantage of opportunities presented by the emergence of GNSS signals for both military and civil applications. This will require assured precise Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) information for a variety of low Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) applications including navigation, targeting, guidance, situational awareness and time synchronisation.
Phase one of the competition is for proof-of-concept studies which de-risk GNSS Multi frequency or Wideband Antenna technologies, and advise the future system performance specifications. The requirement is for a modular/scalable design, maximising Open Standards for a multi constellation, multi frequency system.
It is considered that the dismounted soldier applications represent the highest priority and most challenging conditions due to their exacting SWaP requirements and the necessary resilience required by military users. However, these antenna designs have applications far beyond the military; law enforcement, civil aerospace, mobile telecommunications, logistics, emergency management and infrastructure applications all could derive benefits from low SWaP antennae array systems for GNSS.
Phase 2 funding to develop a working prototype will be available for those projects that demonstrate the greatest potential at the end of the initial 3-month Phase 1 contract.
This competition opens on Monday, 6 October and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 10 December, 2014.
All proposals must be submitted via the Innovate UK Portal.
This competition is run by Innovate UK.
Opens: 6 October 2014
Registration closes: 3 December 2014
Closes: 10 December 2014
Contracts awarded: TBC