The 14th Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference is taking place from January 30 – February 2 at Mae Fah Luang University, in Chiang Rai, Thailand, as well as online for virtual attendees. Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) is an organization that promotes multi GNSS in the Asia and Oceania regions and encourages GNSS service providers and user communities to develop new applications and businesses.
The conference comes on the heels of the last International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) meeting, held in Madrid in October. MGA functions as a follow-up focused on Asia-Pacific, while also facilitating broadly international collaboration on GNSS issues of global interest.
Such an area of intense global interest is in the topic of Lunar navigation. MGA 2024 will feature two panels specifically focused on the topic, moderated by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Masaya Murata. Dr. Murata spoke with Inside GNSS about what these exciting panels will focus on. The key theme of international collaboration and interoperability to support a Lunar Augmented Navigation Service (LANS) will be addressed in a forum featuring representatives from NASA, ESA, China (CAST), as well as the Korean (KARI) and Thai (GISTDA) space agencies. Another Lunar PNT discussion will be future focused, on the role of government agencies to facilitate the participation of private companies into the emerging lunar PNT economy.