NAVSYS facilities consist of nearly 14,000 sq. ft. of office, engineering, and laboratory space located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The facilities meet all applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.
NAVSYS operates a fully-networked corporate computer environment. To support the needs of the users, ranging from internal corporate communications to software development and analysis, NAVSYS has a dedicated and certified IT staff for all information systems activities, including configuration control, software and hardware installation and upgrades, network and communications systems, and normal day-to-day operations.
To ensure all efforts can be fully supported at all times, NAVSYS has 5,000 square feet of dedicated hardware development laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art RF/microwave and digital test equipment, as well as electronic assembly equipment. These include a vector network analyzer, high-performance spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, frequency synthesizers, function generators, logic analyzers, precision voltmeters, CPCI and PCI bus analyzers, and power supplies. The equipment has the capability to test and evaluate RF and microwave systems. NAVSYS has established and maintains a close business and geographical relationship with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for the use of their anechoic chamber, with a test capability of up to 30 GHz. It is available on an as-needed/rental basis at the University's Electromagnetics Laboratory. NAVSYS also maintains an in-house GPS signal simulation capability and a number of GPS receivers that are also available for use as reference receivers, along with a variety of GPS antennas and antenna arrays.
NAVSYS CAE/CAD tools include Xilinx ISE (for design and programming of FPGAs at sizes in the millions of gates), Synplify, ModelSim PE, and ChipScope for firmware development, VHDL coding language, ORCAD Schematic Capture and Layout, PSpice circuit simulation, and AutoCAD and SolidWorks for mechanical drawing. Electronic assembly capability includes fine pitch surface mount and microstrip circuit fabrication, as well as the traditional through-hole and wire-wrap techniques. In-house board designs include up to 16-layer designs with 4-mil trace widths and spacing, and use of Ball Grid Array (BGA) technology. PCI, CompactPCI, and PC-104 board formats are standard. The NAVSYS Lab is fully ESD-equipped with 3M conductive flooring, 35 static dissipative work stations installed with constant wrist-strap monitoring, ionizers, and humidity control. Circuit assembly and repair are performed at ESD-safe soldering stations, including a Pace PRC surface mount assembly station. Leica and Meiji stereo microscopes and an ultrasonic cleaner are used for the majority of circuit assembly.
NAVSYS is located at 14960 Woodcarver Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80921.
NAVSYS has a second location in Salida, Colorado. The main telephone number is (719) 481-4877.
Services Experience and Points of Contact
1. Relative Global Positioning System/Inertial Navagation System (GPS/INS) Innovations for Unmanned Air System (IUAS)
NAVSYS is working with the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (N-UCAS) Program Office at NAVAIR (PMA-268) to develop an alternative Precision Global Positioning System (PGPS) navigation architecture to support fully autonomous aerial refueling operations.
Name: UAS P-RELNAV
Ordering Office: Naval Air warfare Center - Aircraft Division
Contract No: N68335-10-C-0094
Contracts POC: Jane Worley
Address: Naval Air Warfare Center - Aircraft Division
Highway 547 - Bldg 120-2 Rm 180
Lakehurst, NJ 08733-5082
2. Integrated Communication Link and Global Positioning System (GPS) for Enhanced, Robust Position Information
The objective of the GPS Network-Assisted Positioning (GPS-NAP) program was to develop and demonstrate the ability to augment a GPS-derived navigation solution with “Network-Assistance” through a communication link to enhance the precision and robustness of the positioning information. For this effort, NAVSYS developed a functional prototype GPS-NAP software application that could be easily transitioned into the next-generation Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS). These integrated designs can provide improved navigation accuracies in a GPS jammed environment and a significant performance improvement over previous Link-16 Relative Navigation (RELNAV) solutions.
Name: GPS NAP
Ordering Office: Naval Air warfare Center - Aircraft Division
Contract No: N68335-05-C-0063
Contracts POC: Rita Brownlee
Address: Highway 547 - Bldg 120-2
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
3. Mine Counter Measures Precision GPS Ephemeris
In this program, NAVSYS worked with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to improve the positioning and maneuvering accuracy of Mine Counter-Measure (MCM) platforms operating in the littorals in support of amphibious operations by Marine Corps Forces. NAVSYS completed end-to-end static and mobile testing at Dahlgren of the PGE Client operating on the Blue Force Tracking system to provide precision GPS navigation integrated with a DAGR.
Name: MCM PGE
Ordering Office: Office of Naval Research
Contract No: N00014-07-C-0022
Contracts POC: Jennifer Williams
Address: ONR 252
875 North Randolph St, Suite 1425
Arlington, VA 22203-1995
4. Miniature, Low Power GPS/Inertial-Wireless Orientation Sensor.
In this project, NAVSYS prototyped an innovative approach to providing orientation information of weapons used in training. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) needed a solution to support training operations in both outdoor and indoor environments with precise 3-D positioning and weapon orientation to allow geometric pairing. NAWCTSD needed research solutions to provide a cost effective approach for dealing with this difficult problem. The project required the design, and prototype of electronic hardware including wireless communications, integration of inertial sensors into an inertial measurement unit (IMU), development of GPS RF front end and digitization hardware, development of small microprocessor based processing system which included SDR GPS processing and GPS/Inertial Kalman Filter algorithms.
Ordering Office: NAVAIR Orlando Training Systems Division
Contract No: N61339-06-C-0119
Contracts POC: Christie Martinez
Address: 12350 Research Parkway
5. Low Cost, Lightweight, Low Power Precise Positioning System (PPS) GPS Solution for Software Defined Radios
The Navy desires to incorporate GPS Precise Positioning Service (PPS) in small form factor Software Defined Radios (SDR). A GPS Selective Availability Anti-Spoof Module (SAASM) receiver is mandated by DoD to provide PPS, which entails direct P(Y) code acquisition. However, adding GPS SAASM receivers to radios with currently available hardware would increase their size, weight, and power. The NAVSYS GPS-Lite API – an embeddable GPS software application – is being developed for SDR radios to allow embedding of a GPS PPS solution, as opposed to a dedicated hardware solution that would increase the size, weight, and power of the radios. Test results of the GPS-Lite performance under nominal and degraded GPS conditions exceeded the standard SAASM performance specification.
Ordering Office: SSC San Diego
Contract No: N00039-09-C-0132
Contracts POC: Jennifer Tsui
Address: 4301 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110-3127
6. GPS Jammer Locator
The NAVSYS Jammer Detection and Location (JLOC) System is a multi-year development and support contract to provide situational awareness of GPS interference events and effects to U.S. warfighters and planners worldwide. To develop this system, NAVSYS worked with Air Force and National Agencies to collect and stream GPS interference data into a single database that can be used by approved subscribers over a secure network. Since its initial development, NAVSYS has continued to support the JLOC system with software upgrades, documentation and training support and follow-on enhancement efforts.
Ordering Office: National Geospatial-Intellegence Agency
Contract No: HMO177-10-C-0003
Contracts POC: Patricial Hill
Address: ACH M/S D88
4600 Sangamore Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816-5003
The NAMATH system was developed with the Air Force to provide greater GPS precision to critical operations such as target location generation, precision guidance of munitions, and precision georeferencing of sensors. By increasing the accuracy of the GPS services, the following benefits are realized; (1) sub-meter positioning accuracy for precision target geolocation, (2) increased precision for GPS-guided munitions reducing the number of sorties required and increasing the probability of kill, and (3) increased integrity of the GPS services minimizing the probability for collateral damage. NAVSYS continues to support and maintain this system under contract to the Air Force’s Air Combat Command.
Customer: 2 SOPS
Ordering Office: NACC AMIC
Contract No: FA2550-09-C-8008
Contracts POC: Jacqueline Edgerton
Address: 11817 Canon Blvd, Ste 404
Newport News, VA 23606-4516