Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom F/G

Welcome, Meeting Highlights and Introductions

ION President
Dr. John Raquet 
Air Force Institute of Technology


ITM Program Chair
Dr. Jiyun Lee
KAIST, South Korea


PTTI Program Chair
Dr. James Hanssen

US Naval Observatory


Opening Remarks

CAPT Michael Riggins, USN
US Naval Observatory

Presentation: When Navigators Become the Scientists: NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

Dr. Barbara Giles

Associate Chief Geospace Physics Laboratory and Lead for the NASA MMS Fast Plasma Investigation, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

At orbit apogee, about 43,600 miles above Earth, NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale navigator system determines the position of each spacecraft with uncertainties better than 50 feet. Launched in March 2015, the mission consists of four spin-stabilized, formation-controlled spacecraft in highly elliptic orbits that, to our knowledge, achieve the highest-altitude operational use of GPS navigation to date. Our navigation personnel continuously adjust orbits, formations, and separations for the study of the phenomena of magnetic reconnection – a process that drives virtually all space weather events that disrupt orbiting spacecraft and lead to GPS, communications and power interruptions. This address shares some of our navigation team’s adventures on this journey and highlights the many ways space weather can challenge navigation on Earth and in space.

Lunch in Exhibit Hall, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.