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Navigating towards the future: transitioning from terrestrial radio navigation to satellite navigation and airborne surveillance

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1 Author(s)
Blakey, J.H. ; Northrop Grumman Integrated Syst., Melbourne, FL, USA

This paper presents a proposal for transitioning from terrestrial-based navigation aids to implementing satellite and airborne surveillance as the primary navigation means. The transition occurs through several steps. First, the installation and use of modern navigation and surveillance equipment is mandated by the regulatory organizations. The installations should take place in a sequenced fashion to allow time for companies to absorb the initial cost. Next, the existing network of terrestrial navigation aids is down-sized leaving only the areas of heaviest use in service. At this point, the global positioning system (GPS) will be deemed the primary method of terrestrial and oceanic travel. Finally, terrestrial navigation stations will be available around airports and the remaining stations will be put in a standby condition for use in the event of a national emergency. This paper will discuss the security benefits and examples of cost savings through implementation of these steps.

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 5 )