Potential Applications

As an OEM supplier of GNSS precise positioning technology, our goal is to provide our customers with the most reliable, robust, high-performance solutions possible. While it is not our role to develop end-user applications, we are excited about the possibilities the technologies utilized in our wingsuit project present. A few that come to mind are detailed below:

Sporting applications such as wingsuit competitions:

  • Large group formation flying: World records depend on the accurate positioning of divers with a formation pattern. Currently, the quality of group jumps is measured by taking a photo of the formation and overlaying a grid on the picture (as seen in the side bar). Divers have to be within a certain distance of the borders of the diamond-shaped cells of the grid. As the formation gets bigger, it gets harder to keep everyone inside designated grid locations. Real-time GNSS with audio alerts could help improve the execution of the divers to be properly positioned.
  • Longest distance flown: GNSS can accurately track where the diver exits the plane and where the parachute deploys to properly calculate the distance traveled in free fall (canopy descent distance should not be included).

Safety of life applications such as search and rescue or firefighting:

GNSS technology can greatly enhance the flexibility and efficiency of conducting critical safety of life activities. With the first person out of a plane guiding others down to a landing site determined by the initial touchdown point, peer-to-peer relative vectoring eliminates the need to send data back to a base station or require team members to try to hit a preplanned location. This has the ability to save money, time and lives.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs):

While many UAV integrators currently utilize NovAtel GNSS receivers for precise positioning and attitude measurements, our ALIGN heading solution provides further opportunity to manage swarms of UAVs by offering the ability to develop systems for mid-air de-confliction and collision avoidance.

Aerial Delivery System:

Imagine the efficiency of self-assembling packages - jeeps, food, and ammunition, for example - that land in appropriate rows on the ground in relation to each other. In such a system, air crews do not have to sort the packages out on the plane, as the cargo containers, outfitted with a relative vectoring system, would do this in space as the parachutes float down.