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NASA to hold workshop on autonomous navigation, GNSS, PNT

January 27, 2017  - By
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published a notice Jan. 26 in the Federal Register on a planned space navigation workshop.

The Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation is sponsored by NASA Space Communication and Navigations (SCaN) Program. The Feb. 17 workshop is intended to inform industry on evolving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies and techniques being developed to enhance the operational efficiency and flexibility of future missions.

The workshop will include optional one-on-one discussions with industry participants on a space-available basis on Friday, Feb. 17. NASA is soliciting information from all interested U.S. private sector enterprises only.

Navigation topics to be discussed during the workshop include:

  • Emerging GNSS applications, including the development and use of GNSS in high-altitude applications in the Space Service Volume (SSV), protecting and enhancing the GPS SSV, developing a multi-GNSS SSV, NASA’s current and future missions employing GNSS in the SSV, and GNSS receiver developments within NASA.
  • Emerging navigation technologies, including PNT capabilities envisioned for the Next Generation Broadcast Service (NGBS), innovative timing system developments and techniques such as the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC), optical navigation capabilities and techniques that support rendezvous, landing on objects (near Earth or solar system objects) or docking to vehicles, and navigation and PNT capabilities supporting proximity operations, satellite servicing and formation flying.
  • Other advanced topics to be addressed include the use of optimetrics from laser communications systems to support precise PNT solutions, on-board navigation software and filters, such as the Goddard Enhanced Onboard Navigation System (GEONS), and x-ray navigation capabilities and techniques.


The workshop will be held at NASA Headquarters Auditorium (west lobby) 300 E Street SW., Washington, D.C. 20546.

U.S. participants will register for the navigation workshop at the door on Feb. 16. To RSVP for the follow-on one-on-one meetings scheduled for Feb. 17, RSVP to James J. Miller by Feb. 8 at or 202-358-4417.

Reservations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 8. A confirmation email will be sent to acknowledge your requested participation. Companies will be notified on or before Friday, Feb. 10 of their assigned one-on-one meeting time.


The agenda for the workshop and industry meetings is as follows:

Workshop, Thursday, Feb. 16

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Networking Opportunity

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Introductions & Emerging GNSS Applications

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Lunch Break

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Next-Generation Developing Technologies

3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Game-Changing Initiatives

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wrap-Up

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Networking Opportunity

One-on-One Industry Meetings with NASA, Feb. 17

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 45-minute information-exchange/discussion

Attendance limitations: The Navigation Workshop and One-on-One Meeting attendees is strictly limited to four (4) persons per company.

One-on-One Meeting Description

To facilitate interactive communication with industry, NASA SCaN representatives will be available for one-on-on emeetings to exchange ideas on areas of synergy and potential collaboration. NASA will hold one-on-one meetings with industry on Friday, Feb. 17, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, to discuss space navigation technologies and techniques as related to Nav Workshop presentations. The meetings will be held with interested parties at scheduled times provided in response to the RSVP on a space available basis. NASA will attempt to prioritize non-local companies with One-on-One meeting times.

The one-on-one meetings are intended to be private question-and-answer and information-gathering sessions based on industry developments that align with NASA investments for enhanced autonomous space navigation capabilities. Industry presentation packages are acceptable and will be held in accordance with any proprietary or business confidential markings as annotated on the chart package. Meetings will not exceed 45 minutes in length. One appointment per hour will be scheduled. Additional separate meetings can be scheduled later if demand exceeds capacity.


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