Xona accelerates commercial LEO GPS alternative
Xona Space Systems Inc., a company building the next generation of satellite navigation, has partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the U.S. Space Force to work toward a secure Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) architecture leveraging Xona’s PULSAR™ service. This $1.2M Direct to Phase II SBIR (D2P2) contract was awarded through an AFWERX SBIR Open Topic after Xona successfully demonstrated the capability of their patented LEO PNT architecture using the “Huginn” demo satellite in late 2022.
Xona PULSAR is a commercial SATNAV service powered by a constellation of small satellites in LEO designed specifically to provide high-performance PNT to end users. With satellites that can be rapidly manufactured and launched and can operate independently of GPS, PULSAR provides a global, high-powered alternative that offers unprecedented levels of SATNAV resilience and protection.