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Military GPS navigation tailored for civilians.

A HELMET MOUNTED NAVIGATION SYSTEM A GPS-based electronic system in a car or truck that provides a real time map of the vehicle's current location as well as step-by-step directions to a programmed destination. See GPS and vehicle tracking.  for parachutists recently was introduced by Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) is a large United States-based international company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, primarily providing aviation and information technology systems, solutions, and services to governmental agencies and aircraft manufacturers. , of Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids, city (1990 pop. 108,751), seat of Linn co., E central Iowa, on the Cedar River; inc. as a city 1856. The second largest city in Iowa, it is named for the surging rapids in the river. , Iowa.

The ParaNav is a personal, GPS-based, flight management system with a heads-up display A display technology that superimposes images onto the inside of the windshield to enable drivers to view the information while keeping their eyes on the road. Heads-up displays (HUDs) are also used in goggles and helmets (see head mounted display). . It provides parachutists with accurate navigation capabilities and enhanced situational awareness, allowing them to fly to their designated landing zones, says the company. The system also allows the parachutist to divert to alternate sites.

"ParaNav has proven its effectiveness in more than 100 test jumps at maximum altitudes of 28,000 feet and at temperatures of 20 degrees below zero," says Ron Hornish, vice president and general manager of sensor systems for Rockwell Collins.

The company also announced the launch of the Polaris family of GPS receivers for the commercial market. These are similar to the GPS receivers currently used by the U.S. military. But the Polaris devices do not have the military encryption known as the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module.


The Polaris Guide, a handheld receiver, and Polaris Link, an embeddable card, will be available for use in any federal, civilian, Department of Defense or international platforms requiring SPS (Standby Power System) A UPS system that switches to battery backup upon detection of power failure. See UPS.

SPS - Symbolic Programming System. Assembly language for IBM 1620.
 real-time GPS data, says a company spokesman.
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Title Annotation:TECH TALK
Comment:Military GPS navigation tailored for civilians.(TECH TALK)
Author:Williams, Robert H.
Publication:National Defense
Date:Dec 1, 2007
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