The mission of the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) CapTech is to support and foster R&T and innovations for military systems in the area of underpinning guidance, navigation and control technologies and techniques for defence systems.
The Area of Responsibility (AoR) of the CapTech GNC covers critical Guidance, Navigation and Control technologies for improved autonomy and automation, increased performance and dependability in support to future defence capability needs. R&T activities within the CapTech aim to contribute to improved operational effectiveness, enhanced situational awareness, safety and security, and to support future Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) superiority needs.
The CapTech GNC provides expertise within the AoR by performing technology watch and foresight, identifying and assessing gaps and technological shortfalls and establishing the relevant roadmaps and joint research projects and programmes supporting the development of the relevant Capability Development Plan (CDP) priorities.
CapTech GNC focuses its work in the areas of:
- Innovative Navigation, timing and positioning systems and solutions for challenging environment providing globally available functionalities (navigation warfare, indoor, underwater operations, etc.) including work on hybridisation of sensors and real time processing;
- Novel and performance enhancing navigation, guidance and control technologies (e.g. for sensors and actuators to optimise size, weight, power and cost - SWaP-C).
- Guidance and control techniques for platforms and weapons.
- Precision guidance solutions.
- Enhanced autonomous and automated mobility functions.
- Effective multi-robot control and cooperation.
- Verification and validation for GNC and autonomous systems (trusted autonomy).
According to the 2017 review of the CapTech Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) a total of eight most relevant technological R&T priorities have been identified and translated into Technology Building Block (TBB) following an harmonised structure across the different CapTechs’ SRAs and allowing a systematic development of an Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA). The CapTech GNC TBB as they stand today are the following:
- Navigation in GNSS denied environment
- Guidance and navigation in challenged environments
- Autonomous and automated GNC and decision making techniques for manned and unmanned platforms
- Precision guidance and control of weapons
- Position, navigation and timing (PNT) superiority and integration into operations and systems
- Fault Tolerant Control
- Multi-robot control and cooperation
- Key Enabling and Performance Enhancing GNC technologies
The key technology areas of research are closely linked to the EDA R&T taxonomy allocated to the CapTech and the work is generally in the range of TRL from 2 to 6.
As the technologies under the scope of the CapTech navigation provide elements common to all the platform CapTechs, it can act as conduit with the Commission where dual use synergies are possible on the component level. Example areas would be robotics, indoor navigation for first responders and aircraft guidance and control.
The CapTech GNC investigates synergies and also seeks for opportunities for joint activities through its interactions with other relevant organizations such as the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency.