While the initial reason for developing a ultrasonic positioning system is to be used for the Neptune project there are many other environments that could benefit from the use of an accurate positioning system. The Neptune project is the initiative to create a large scale deep water observatory located on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. The use of a accurate positioning system is required to aid in monitoring the position of a ROV tethered to the base of the observatory. This system would allow the navigation of the ROV around the observatory at a depth of 2500m and a radius of 100m.
Various vehicles traveling at differing velocities could use our system to aid in knowing exact position and calculating future positioning, velocity or other changes. Jet positioning during mid air refueling, traffic on highways during rush hour, and cranes moving equipment in the dark are just a few of the areas where an accurate positioning device could be used.
If the medium is know that the sound wave from the transmitter is traveling through then humidity, and temperature calculations could be added to the receiver side of the positioning system. This could be used to aid in the Neptune project by allowing temperature and current measurements to be obtained without the need for additional instruments. In addition to this, robotics could aid in the development of this technology. Using robotics in conjunction with temperature calculations would allow exploration of inhospitable places like volcanoes or other worlds.