John I. R. Owen is Leader of Navigation Systems, Air Systems Department, Dstl. He is a Dstl senior fellow, a fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He gained a BSc (Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering, Loughborough University, and joined the Royal Aircraft Establishment to research aspects of aircraft antennas.
He helped develop the first GPS adaptive antenna system. He moved to the satellite navigation research group in 1982 and was responsible for the technical development of GPS receivers, antenna systems, and simulators in the UK.
Following the formation of the Defense Establishment Research Agency (DERA), he was responsible for the satellite navigation aspects of UK Ministry of Defense’s research programs for aircraft and missiles.
He is technical adviser to the UK Government Departments for GPS and the European Galileo Program, where he is active on the Signal Working Group, the Security Board, and the European Space Agency Program Board for Navigation. He chairs the ICAO Global Navigation Satellite Systems spectrum subgroup.