Red-Orange Team 2020

Bennett Brain, David Janowsky, Chanel Richardson

Magnetic Navigation

Most aircraft today use GPS to navigate, which is susceptible to jamming or poor satellite reception. Other alternative methods of navigation may fail due to poor weather or other similar daily phenomenon. The magnetic fields given off by ferrous mineral deposits all over the earth are robust to temporal changes, strong enough to be nearly impossible to interfere with at flight altitudes, and may be a very reliable map for navigation. The goal of our project is to develop systems that can use these fields to navigate aircraft. As proof of concept, we focused on getting a sensor to be able to record the necessary data and then developing systems that can determine the path of the sensor using only the combination of an IMU and the magnetic readings.

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