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Triply redundant integrated navigation and asset visibility system

United States Patent

January 15, 2013
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Methods and apparatus are described for a navigation system. A method includes providing a global positioning system fix having a plurality of tracking parameters; providing a theater positioning system fix; monitoring the plurality of tracking parameters for predetermined conditions; and, when the predetermined conditions are met, sending a notifying signal and switching to the theater positioning system fix as a primary fix. An apparatus includes a system controller; a global positioning system receiver coupled to the system controller; a radio frequency locating receiver coupled to the system controller; and an operator interface coupled to the system controller.
Smith; Stephen F. (Loudon, TN), Moore; James A. (Powell, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 272,973
October 13, 2011
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with United States Government support under prime contract No. DE-ACO5-00OR22725 to UT-Battelle, L.L.C. awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.