2017 Hays Award

Presented to: David A. Turner

Citation: For his role in the formation of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) and the development of globally recognized principles of GNSS compatibility, interoperability and transparency.


Mr. David A. Turner is a leader of civil space policy formulation in the Department of State and the interagency for civil/commercial focus areas, and contributor to National Space Policy, National Space Transportation Policy, and National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Policy. He has been a catalyst in the formation of the lnternational Committee on GNSS (lCG), and serves as the current Deputy Head of the U.S. delegation to the lCG and U.S. Chair of the Working Group on Systems, Signals and Services involving industry and foreign governments. He has served as advisor to satellite program oversight acquisition source selection and spectrum management activities. Additionally, he was a department representative to the National Space Weather Committee and the NSTC Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee. He continues to pursue the long-term safety, security, sustainability and economic viability of outer space activities.

Mr. Turner is a developer of globally recognized principles of GNSS compatibility, interoperability, and transparency and their definition in U.S. policy bilateral agreement and United Nations documents. He has led bilateral GNSS dialogues with Australia, Canada, the UK, the EU, Japan, India, China and Russia. He was the lead on negotiations for the U.S. – EU GPSGalileo Agreement. He was a leader of interagency coordination activities focused on civil space cooperation with China, which involved establishment of relations and lines of communication with Chinese GNSS experts through repeated participation at the annual China Satellite Navigation Conference and led the U.S. government delegation participating at a groundbreaking government-academia GNSS workshop. He developed a multioption strategy to resolve the GPS lll signal intellectual property dispute with the U.K. and coordinated its implementation.

Mr. Turner has served as the coordinator of interagency planning for lCG meetings and Deputy Head of Delegation to lCG-5 through lCG-11. Previously he has served as a Director of the Aerospace Corporation Center for Space Policy and Strategy, Director of the lnteragency GPS Executive Board Secretariat, and is a Veteran Air Force Officer.