Plenary Session


Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This session will be live streamed for registered virtual attendees.
A recording of this session will be available for on-demand viewing by all registered attendees.

ION GNSS+ Plenary Session 

Welcome, Meeting Highlights and Introduction of Technical Committee 
Opening of the Plenary Session

Satellite Division Chair
Patricia Doherty, Boston College 

Satellite Division Vice Chair
Sandy Kennedy, Hexagon


Keynote Address

Navigating on Mars

For over a year the Perseverance Rover has explored another world. Operating completely autonomously, it has traversed the surface of Mars, launched the first aircraft ever flown on another planet, and made fascinating discoveries. How does Perseverance navigate? Come and learn from the NASA scientist in charge of this marvel of discovery: hear and meet Dr Michael McHenry who leads the navigation team that boldly goes where no one has gone before.

Photo credit: NASA

Dr. Michael McHenry, Robotic Systems, JPL/NASA

Dr. McHenry specializes in autonomous navigation of unmanned ground, sea-going and space vehicles for both DOD and NASA sponsors; including most recently, the Mars Rover. Dr. McHenry holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech