ARGUS Avionics was founded in 1995 by Edward Heinzerling and James Bellinger, both former engineers in the Radio Guidance Operation (RGO) of the General Electric Company. RGO produced the radio guidance system for the Atlas Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Later it produced the Missile Trajectory Measurement System (MISTRAM) which was used to test the accuracy of inertially guided missiles.
ARGUS Avionics has assembled an outstanding group of engineers whose goal is to develop a high-precision navigation system which can land aircraft in all visibility conditions. It overcomes the deficiencies of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Instrument Landing System (ILS) which are currently in use.
ARGUS's high precision is due to the use of wide bandwidth, antenna design and averaging. In the ARGUS system multiple spatially separated radio signals are sent from the ground to the aircraft where they are received and processed so as to obtain the precise position and velocity of the aircraft relative to the runway. This information is used by the aircraft pilot or autopilot to safely land under all visibility conditions. In the commercial sector, this ability permits rapid landing without the need to enter holding patterns, making it particularly useful at congested high-density airports where a disruption in traffic can domino throughout the national airspace. In the military sector, the ARGUS system can safely land Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which currently have a high rate of attrition.
The ARGUS system can also be configured to perform other missions including re-setting of inertial guidance systems and guidance of aircraft/spacecraft at extended ranges.