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12 Inside GNSS J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 9 T he leading U.S. panel of satellite navigation experts, the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board ("PNT Advisory Board") opened its June meet- ing with a renewed charter, a new chair- man and seven new members. CYGNSS, which is NASA's fi rst Earth science small-satellite constellation, will help improve hurricane intensity, track ing, and storm surge forecasts, the agency said. Established in 2004 the board provides "independent advice to the U.S. government on GPS- related policy, planning, pro- gram management, and funding profi les in relation to the current state of national and interna- tional satellite navigation servic- es." It undertakes research and submits recommendations and reports to the National Executive Committee for Space-Based PNT (ExCom)—a joint civil/military policy body comprising eight federal agencies and the Joint Chiefs of Staff . e board tackles tasks at the request of the ExCom and addresses issues it identifies itself as needing attention. e board has a new charter that was just signed in May. at charter only extends to September, however, because the board is expected to be chartered again with a designation as one of the President Donald Trump's key advisory groups. Special designation within the executive branch gets the board addi- tional attention and focus, explained a source familiar with the process. "I guess that means we get a promo- tion," quipped Admiral (Ret.) ad W. Allen, the board's new chairman. Allen served as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard from 2006-2010 lead- ing the service through a major modern- ization program and an eff ort to explore Washington, D.C. PNT Advisory Board Has New Chairman, Members and Renewed Charter See Additional News Stories at • UltraWideband Proposal Could Impact GPS Users • GPS Interface Control Working Group To Meet in September • Second Lockheed Martin-Built GPS III Satellite Ready for July 25 Liftoff • Maritime Groups Call for International Resolution Against Jamming & Spoofi ng …and more. News from the world of GNSS DEGREES The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Advisory Board recently named a new chairman and added seven new mebers. Photo courtesy of: PNT Advisory Board the changing Arctic as well as a number of signifi cant national and international incidents, including hurricanes, fl oods, search-and-rescue cases, oil spills and other environmental incidents. He is now an executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton. e immediate past board chairman John Stenbit, who previously served as assistant secretary of defense, will stay on the board as deputy chairman. e new members bring the board up to its full compliment of 25. Allen noted that this might be the largest contingent of new members the board has ever had. e new members are: Patrick Diamond, Diamond Consulting; Frank van Diggelen, Google; Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, Ohio State University; Terry Moore, University of Nottingham (UK); Jeffrey Shane, International Air Transportation Association (IATA); Gary Thompson, North Carolina Emergency Management/Geodetic Survey; and Todd Walter, Stanford University. The ot her board members are: Bradford Parkinson (1st Vice Chair), Stanford University; James E. Geringer (2nd Vice Chair), Env ironmenta l Systems Research Institute (ESRI); Penina Axelrad, University of Colorado; John Betz, MITRE; Gerhard Beutler, International Association of Geodesy (Switzerland); Scott Burgett, Garmin International; Joseph D. Burns, Airo Drone; Sergio Camacho-Lara, United Nations Regional Education Center of Science and Space Technology—Latin America and Caribbean (Mexico); Ann Ciganer, GPS Innovation Alliance; Dana Goward, Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation; Ronald R. Hatch, private consultant (retired John Deere); Matt Higgins, International GNSS Society (Australia); Larry James, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Timothy A. Murphy, The Boeing Company; T. Russell Shields, Ygomi; and Refaat M. Rashad, Arab Institute of Navigation (Egypt).

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