NASA Workshop to Address GPS/GNSS Capabilities, Other PNT-Related Developments

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)/Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) announces a workshop on February 16 on “Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation” to inform the U.S. industry on evolving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies and techniques being developed to enhance the operational efficiency and flexibility of future missions.

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)/Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) announces a workshop on February 16 on “Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation” to inform the U.S. industry on evolving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies and techniques being developed to enhance the operational efficiency and flexibility of future missions.

As NASA enters a new era of optical communications, even as new multi-Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals become available for space users, the question naturally arises as to how these various data can be integrated and leveraged on space platforms to optimize mission flexibility and efficiencies. These applications become even more promising when combined with other sensory input such as from inertial navigation systems, imaging, space-qualified atomic clocks, and other on-board autonomous PNT techniques.

The objective of the Space Navigation Technology Workshop —limited to U.S. citizens and residents only — is to concisely survey these growing technology trends, and to assess how they can be effectively and affordably integrated and infused into Agency Roadmaps under development.

The workshop will also include concise talks about game-changing initiatives at NASA and industry to recognize strong candidates for further development and to identify any perceived knowledge and/or capability gaps. The presentations will be organized by the session chairs and be followed by a wrap-up discussion aimed at examining ways to enhance overall navigation capabilities as they are integrated into Agency Roadmaps. A key goal is to better understand optimal emerging combinations for performance, flexibility, and autonomy for various mission segments in all operational space domains – ranging from Near Earth to Deep Space.

The ‘‘Nav Workshop’’ will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the NASA HQ Auditorium, and will include optional one-on-one discussions with industry participants on a space-available basis on Friday, February 17.

NASA is soliciting information from all interested U.S. private sector enterprises only. U.S. participants will register/sign-in for the Navigation Workshop at the door on February 16. To RSVP for the follow-on One-on-One Meetings scheduled for February 17, please contact James J. Miller by February 8 at jj.miller@nasa.gov or 202–358–4417. A confirmation email will be sent to acknowledge your requested participation. Companies will be notified on or before February 10, 2017, of their assigned One-on-One meeting time.

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