PROJECT

Gyrocompassing in GPS Denied Environments

Gyrocompassing in GPS Denied Environments

High accuracy navigation deep underground causes significant challenges due to the lack of a GPS signal, magnetic interference, and high temperatures. The technology developed in this program enable north finding by using an inertial reference.

This is done using a gyroscope which is sensitive enough to measure the rotation of the earth. As the earth rotates, the gyroscope is used to measure the rotation along a specific direction of the gyroscope. This program uses a specially designed gyroscope to measure the earth’s rotation in harsh environments along with custom tailored electronics and packaging to maximum the performance of the device.   

Project Impact

High accuracy gyrocompassing allows for the precise navigation when GPS or magnetic compassing is compromised. In downhole applications this allows for higher precision when targeting specific geology resulting in improved oil extraction or better energy transfer for geothermal wells. Beyond downhole applications this technology can also be used to improve navigation systems for self-driving vehicles.  

What Our Clients Say

GE Aviation

MEMS is the ‘holy grail’ for tactical navigation applications.

Project Roadmap

This program originated from our long history in MEMS, Electronics and Packaging and has grown to address specific challenges with industrial Gyrocompassing systems.

  1. Jan 2012

    MEMS Gyro program kicks off

  2. First GE Research MEMS Gyro

    Jan 2014

  3. Jan 2016

    Gyrocompassing with MEMS at GE Research

  4. High Temp Gyrocompassing program

    Oct 2018

  5. Oct 2018

    GPS Denied Nav Demonstrated

  • Our Expertise

    Capabilities utilized for Gyrocompassing in GPS Denied Environments project

  • Semiconductors

    Developing world-class semiconductor and detector technologies that offer differentiation in applications ranging from power conversion to radiation detection

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  • Optics & Photonics

    Developing novel technologies for applications in sensing, data communication, imaging, directed energy systems, and energy conversion applications

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  • MEMS & Microsystems

    Heterogenous integration of microscale sub-systems creating differentiation in our customer’s products that operate in highly constrained environments

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  • Electronics Packaging

    Building and implementing technologies both internally and with production partners for medical and industrial applications

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  • Microelectronics

    Developing solutions for advanced imaging applications, sensing systems for industrial and aeronautical applications, and embedded electronic systems

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  • Microfabrication

    Constructing small structures on a micrometre scale in a 28,000 sq. ft. class 100/1000 facility containing over 200 semiconductor processing equipment

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