University of Nottingham

Test track


A unique feature of the roof based laboratory of the Nottingham Geospatial Building is a fixed track designed for dynamic positioning system research and testing.

Equipped with a custom designed remote controlled locomotive that has been designed to carry a navigation grade POSRS inertial unit the track is a total of 120m in length with a 7¼” (184.15mm) gauge. It provides a multi-sensor platform with the capability for sub-centimetre level accuracy for developing and testing integrated navigation and positioning solutions


System specification

  • Track length 120m
  • Speed Variable up to 7.2 km/hr
  • Locomotive mass 400kg
  • Payload mass 100kg
The test track layout
The inside view



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