PrecisionHawk and University of Toronto to Develop Solution for UAV Platforms in GPS-Denied Environments

Project Breadcrumb will be developed as a component of PrecisionHawk’s Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System, LATAS, to provide a solution for UAVs in the event of GPS loss or jam.

PrecisionHawk and the University of Toronto today announced a collaboration to develop a solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the event of GPS loss or jam. The partnership, named ‘Project Breadcrumb’, will facilitate safe UAV travel even when all other communications or navigations systems are lost. The objective will be to integrate directly into PrecisionHawk’s low altitude tracking and avoidance system, LATAS, for use on any UAV platform.

“As we work to mitigate the risk of operating small UAVs in the national airspace, one of the key concerns comes from the possibility of losing GPS signal or GPS interference,” said Ernest Earon, PrecisionHawk President and co-founder. “The University of Toronto has an excellent research history in navigation and control in GPS-denied environments, like space, where technology needs to know where it is and where it needs to go without a GPS signal.”

Project Breadcrumb will be developed in two phases by University of Toronto researchers and their students at the Institute for Aerospace Studies in partnership with PrecisionHawk’s experienced engineering team. The collective welcomes conversations and feedback from regulators, airspace safety inspectors and members of the CAA at www.projectbreadcrumb.com.


About PrecisionHawk

PrecisionHawk is an unmanned aerial systems and remote sensing company founded in 2010. The company provides an end-to-end solution for aerial data gathering, processing and analysis to provide actionable information to clients across a wide range of civilian industries. The team is comprised of professionals with backgrounds in remote sensing, unmanned aircraft operations, software development, data processing and GIS systems development. The company operates out of offices in Indianapolis, Ind., Raleigh, N.C. and Toronto, Ont.


About the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies

The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies is the premier aerospace department in Canada, with a strong expertise in autonomous vehicle navigation and control. Professors on the project have made significant contributions in the area of long-term autonomous robot navigation in GPS-denied, outdoor environments and reliable navigation under disturbances.


Contact: Lia Reich, l.reich@precisionhawk.com, for more information on Project Breadcrumb.