AFRL’s PNT AgilePod Achieves Flight Test Objectives

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December 22, 2021 | Originally published by AFRL on December 15, 2021

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFRL) – The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) complementary position, navigation, and timing (PNT) AgilePod prototype achieved three important objectives in flight tests conducted on November 1-10.

The test team – representing a broad base of Air Force, Navy, and vendor organizations – successfully executed eight sorties aboard a T-38C aircraft, which included the first test of the PNT AgilePod on a high-dynamic-range platform, the first test of fully-remote interfacing and alt-PNT data transmission, and the first demonstration of overland/overwater transition performance.

Maj. Andrew Cottle, of the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) Office, said PNT AgilePod is a platform that helps develop advanced navigation technology independent of GPS.  This technology provides reliable, resilient position, navigation, and timing navigation signals through alternative means — increasing mission effectiveness in scenarios where access to GPS is not guaranteed.

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