GLOBAL RADIO NAVIGATION-A CHALLENGE FOR MANAGEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

J. M. Beukers

Abstract: It has been the navigator’s dream to have available at all times an accurate all weather global navigation system. This dream has an excellent chance of being realized within the next decade using currently available technology, providing the problems of system implementation are adequately addressed on an international scale. By definition, Global Radio Navigation requires that radio transmissions can be received without interference on land, at sea and in the air no matter what the sovereignty of the reception point may be. Frequency spectrum utilization on a non-interference basis and publication of radio navigational transmission specifications are considered to be two important prerequisites for adoption of any system for global use. Differing national requirements and conflict between navigation for national security and for civilian purposes pose a significsnt challenge for national decisiveness and international cooperation. Two land based long range navigational systems, Loran-C and Omega are currently being implemented and in the future there exists a possibility for an operational global satellite navigation system, all of which suggest that now is the time for action. This paper addresses the need far publication of firm technical specifications of the Loran-C and Omega System and the need for definition of the frequency spectrum required by these navigational signal transmissions. The paper discusses specific technical areas needing attention prior to the World Administrative Radio Conference to be held in Geneva in 1979 under the auspices of the International Telecommunication Union.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 23, Number 4
Pages: 325 - 333
Cite this article: Beukers, J. M., "GLOBAL RADIO NAVIGATION-A CHALLENGE FOR MANAGEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 23, No. 4, Winter 1976-1977, pp. 325-333.
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