|News & Press|
|UK GNSS jamming trials start|
|Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:10:34 GMT|
Ground-based GPS jammers will be operating from the Stanford Training Area (STANTA), near Thetford, Norfolk.
The jamming, centred close to 5233N 00043E, could take place at any time from 0700UTC on 19 August to 1600UTC on 6 September. It would not exceed 2 minutes duration and may take place up to 5 times per hour.
A notice to airmen (NOTAM) warns that jamming could affect all GNSS frequencies up to 40,000ft within a 30NM radius.
The NOTAM warns that ?GPS receivers may suffer intermittent/total failure or give incorrect position info. Crews should be aware of these limitations and use alternative means of navigation.? This could, of course, apply to local vehicles.
NOTAMs may be viewed through NATS
|UK seeking Galileo replacement partners|
|Sun, 18 Aug 2019 21:22:28 GMT|
UK is reported to be seeking an alliance with its ?Five Eyes? security partners to launch a satellite positioning system after being frozen out of Galileo.
The ?Five Eyes? security pact is an intelligence alliance - comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA - which formed in the aftermath of WWII.
The alliance could see the allies contributing technological and financial support to the estimated ?5 billion project in exchange for access to the system?s encrypted...
|Capt James H Martin FRIN|
|Sun, 18 Aug 2019 14:08:37 GMT|
We are sad to report the passing of Capt James Martin FRIN at the age of 86.
James, from Trinidad and Tobago, spent many years at sea in dry-cargo ships, bulk carriers and tankers before commanding passenger and cargo vessels for a further 10 years.
After then serving in Maritime Administration in Jamaica, he joined the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), London, as Head of the Africa/Caribbean Section of the Technical Co-operation Division and was soon promoted to Senior Deputy Director of that Division, with responsibility for providing technical...
|Warning of GPS Spoofing Threat for Merchant Shipping|
|Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:32:13 GMT|
On 7 August the US Department of Transportation?s Maritime Administration issued a warning suggesting Iran is engaged in interfering with ships? GPS systems as they transit near the Middle Eastern nation.
|Alan Cherry FRIN|
|Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:28:12 GMT|
It is with great sadness that we report the passing, at the age of 87, of Alan Cherry, an incredibly active member of the Institute for many years.
|what3words adopted by first air ambulances|
|Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:02:32 GMT|
Institute Duke of Edinburgh Prize-winners ?what3words? is being used by Thames Valley Air Ambulance to find patients faster in medical emergencies.
Problems often occur in hard-to-reach or rural areas, but now a 999 caller can give a 3-word address for their precise location to within 3 metres, and this can be used by the air ambulance to find them.
Air ambulances join 30 other emergency services to use the location system. To find out more about the system and download the free app, go to what3words.com
|Obituary for a navigator|
|Tue, 30 Jul 2019 16:19:51 GMT|
Sqn Ldr Bob Culpin, a WWII bomber pathfinder navigator and later an advanced navigation instructor, has died at the age of 97.
|Today?s GPS launch postponed|
|Thu, 25 Jul 2019 21:47:44 GMT|
The launch of the second GPS III satellite from Cape Canaveral, scheduled for 25 July, has been put back to 22 August at the earliest.
The United Launch Alliance (ULA) has confirmed that the delay is due to an anomaly in a component in the upper stage of the Delta 4 launch vehicle. The first Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite was successfully launched on 23 December 2018.
GPS III satellites have an extended lifespan of 15 years. The manufacturers claim 3-times better...
|Investigating the Effects of Bridge Alarms ? Survey Results|
|Wed, 24 Jul 2019 13:18:09 GMT|
A 2017/2018 survey has shown that frequently sounding alarms and poorly designed alarm panels in Ship Wheelhouses is causing "Alarm Fatigue" amongst Navigators and impeding proper navigation of vessels.
The survey results have been outlined by the Ship Owners? Club online here: https://www.shipownersclub.com/investigating-the-effects-of-bridge-alarms/
The Ship Owners' Club is sharing this information to help facilitate further discussion of the topic in the...
|Galileo Initial Services restored|
|Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:46:35 GMT|
The European GNSS Service Centre reports that Galileo Initial Services have been restored, although some fluctuations may be experienced until further notice.
It adds that the technical incident originated from an equipment malfunction in the Galileo control centres that calculate time and orbit predictions, and which are used to compute the navigation message. The malfunction affected different elements in both control centres.
A team of experts has worked...
|Enforcement advisory issued on non-compliant AIS devices|
|Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:48:38 GMT|
Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a navigation-communication tool designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel navigation information autonomously and continuously.
|Peter Francis Charles Griffiths|
|Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:56:51 GMT|
We are sorry to report that Peter Griffiths (member 1973, fellow 1982) has died at the age of 92. He had been suffering for a while with dementia.
|Galileo initial services suspended|
|Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:08:53 GMT|
Since 11 July, Galileo has been affected by a technical incident within its ground infrastructure.
This has led to a temporary interruption of Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Search and Rescue (SAR) service, which is unaffected and remains operational. Galileo has provided ?initial services? since December 2016.
A team is reported to be working to restore navigation services 'as soon as possible'. An Anomaly Review Board has been...
|New Australian Marine Safety Authority Vision for Marine Navigation to the Year 2030|
|Mon, 8 Jul 2019 15:03:57 GMT|
The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) has released its vision for Marine Navigation to the year 2030, with Worldwide relevance, incorporating improvements in electronic data, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Positioning Navigation and Timing (PNT).
AMSA in Australia have produced a fascinating document about their intended plans for navigation in the future, which has relevance for navigators worldwide. The work outlines the emerging trends and drivers in navigation technology and communications, as well as describing the anticipated impacts these will have on the maritime industry.
For more, please visit the AMSA website: https://www.amsa.gov.au/safety-navigation/navigating-coastal-waters/navigation-services-australian-waters-outlook-2030
|R Adm Mike Burgoyne CB RN|
|Thu, 4 Jul 2019 10:50:26 GMT|
It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Mike Burgoyne, Institute Director from 1983 to 1992.
Rear Admiral (Robert) Michael Burgoyne CB was educated at Bradfield College and then Magdalene College, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Navy in 1944 and, after training as a navigator and later as an aircraft controller, went on to enjoy an illustrious career.
His career included: Commanding Officer HMS Cleopatra 1967-68; Captain 2nd Frigate Squadron...
|The Maritime and Coastguard Agency Consultation on Yacht and PowerBoat Safety|
|Tue, 2 Jul 2019 12:20:29 GMT|
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency Consultation on Yacht and PowerBoat Safety launched last month. Six draft Marine Guidance Notes entitled Yacht and Powerboat Safety at Sea have been issued for user consultation, which closes at midday on 18 July.
|IMO moves forward on e-navigation standards and autonomous ships|
|Mon, 1 Jul 2019 10:49:55 GMT|
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO)?s latest Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meeting took place from 5-14 June. The meeting concluded with the approval of new interim guidelines for autonomous ship trials, and guidelines on standardisation of the user interfaces and data exchanged by e-navigation systems.
|Car autopilot successfully spoofed|
|Sat, 29 Jun 2019 20:45:23 GMT|
A Tesla model 3 on autopilot has been successfully spoofed in several GNSS attack scenarios.
|More news on AIS-VDES and GNSS Anti-Spoofing|
|Thu, 27 Jun 2019 13:09:31 GMT|
Article by Maritime Executive
AIS data at work in a VTS center (file image courtesy Saab)
AIS has made it far easier for navigators to identify vessel movements for collision avoidance, and it has made shipping far more transparent by enabling worldwide vessel tracking services. The industry has grown since AIS rolled out in the early 2000s, and a...
|BeiDou satellite launch|
|Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:29:20 GMT|
China launched a BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) satellite at 1809 UTC on 24 June.
The 21st BeiDou-3 satellite was reported to have successfully been placed as the second in inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) at a height of 22,237 miles (35,787 km) inclined at ~28.5 deg to the equatorial plane.
The ultimate system will comprise 27 satellites in medium Earth orbit (MEO), 5 geostationary (GEO) and 3 in IGSO. Currently providing regional cover at ~10m accuracy, global Full Operational Capability (FOC), with improved accuracy, is scheduled for 2020.
Details and image from China.org.cn
|OS-funded PhD at Nottingham in the Geospatial Systems CDT|
|Fri, 21 Jun 2019 14:54:49 GMT|
PhD on 3D Data Fusion of Complex Environments in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geospatial Systems funded by Ordnance Survey
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Geospatial Systems invites high-quality applications for 1 award of a 4-year PhD studentship in the area of 3D data fusion of complex environments. This will start September 2019, be sponsored by the Ordnance Survey and run for 4 years...
|The summer solstice|
|Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:07:56 GMT|
The Sun reaches its highest northerly latitude on 21 June.
The Sun will be at its highest latitude of ~23.4?N at 1554 UTC (1654 BST) on 21 June - the summer solstice. This is the start of astronomical summer although, in meteorological terms, summer is defined as the months of June, July and August.
The Sun will cross the celestial equator to re-enter the southern hemisphere at 0750 UTC on 23 September - the autumnal equinox and end of astronomical...
|Orolia and Saab collaborate on Navigational Cyber Security|
|Wed, 12 Jun 2019 15:54:41 GMT|
Orolia and Saab are collaborating on a suite of technologies that detect and mitigate cyber-attacks on navigation systems onshore or on vessels. Together, they will showcase Saab?s AIS and GNSS navigation systems, alongside Orolia?s SecureSync Maritime Navigation Protection System (M-SecureSync), at this year?s Nor-Shipping in Oslo.
|Confusion over GPS problems|
|Wed, 12 Jun 2019 10:20:06 GMT|
This week has seen confusion in the US over reported failure of GPS with, on 10 June, the FAA publishing ?Outage Summary? maps of the country.
The problem imerged when Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B), used to track and identify aircraft, failed in many areas. ADS transponders use GNSS as the reference for aircraft position and height.
But, with other modes of transport unaffected, it soon became apparent that the problem did not stem from GPS itself, but...
|Prof Terry Moore Appointed to U.S. PNT Advisory Board|
|Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:10:32 GMT|
The Royal Institute of Navigation is delighted to acknowledge the official appointment of our President, Prof Terry Moore, to the U.S. National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board.