resilient GNSS - Future flight challenge phase 3 News Release

Resilient GNSS solution for the Future Flight Challenge Phase 3

Helix Geospace wins UK grant funding to provide an accurate, resilient GNSS solution in GNSS-denied environments as part of a collaborative drone swarm technology project.

Helix Geospace is delighted to announce its participation in the ‘Future flights challenge phase 3” project along with Windracers, Distributed Avionics, University of Bristol and University of Sheffield. The Innovate UK funded project will demonstrate how large unmanned systems (with a maximum take-off weight of 450kg) can be used to solve environmental protection concerns in GNSS-denied environments, functioning in swarms and utilising a combination of digital twinning, computer vision, and real-world flight testing.

The aim of the project is to prove that a single remote operator and local safety pilot can handle many unmanned devices and maintain continuous communication in GNSS denied environments.

Commercially available antennas are susceptible to jamming and spoofing, but our DielectriX antennas are built into a sophisticated array system that can detect all jamming and spoofing events, pinpoint their precise source, and then eliminate their impact, maintaining the accuracy and resilience of GNSS PNT in GNSS denied environments.

Collaboration with NERC British Antarctic Survey and Lancashire fire and rescue will provide proof of exploitation and public engagement, for the project. The Windracers aircraft will be equipped with British Antarctic Survey scientific research equipment and will be flown in the environmentally challenging Antarctica region to gather novel research data, previously not achieved before at this scale. The collaboration with Lancashire fire and rescue will help to develop a solution for early fire detection and mitigation. The Windracers aircraft will be retrofitted with sensors and fire mitigation technology providing an airborne system that will patrol high risk areas. 

Oliver Leisten, Chief Technology Officer at Helix Geospace says,
“Due to the weak and vulnerable nature of the GNSS signal, the signal is extremely susceptible to jamming and spoofing, thereby denying availability of a vital navigational system which enables safe and directive flight. Our antenna with its sophisticated array system provides a resilient solution that not only mitigates this PNT disruption but also promulgates intelligence on the threat/disruption landscape vital for the management of mission critical applications. This collaboration will help us to generate valuable test data and support us in setting a new benchmark in terms of reliability and performance in GNSS-denied environments.”


About Helix Geospace:
Helix Geospace is a brand of Helix Technologies Ltd. The company is developing sophisticated antennas and electronic systems that defend against the vulnerabilities and threats to PNT (Position, Navigation and Timing) services delivered by GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) and future space-based navigation services. These services are relied on by $trillion global economies and critical national infrastructures, as well as transportation and security, and Helix is developing technology that assures signal integrity in RF-disruptive environments and mitigates against malicious attack.

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