June 20, 2019, by Katie Andrews
Nottingham Professor is second ever UK representative on US Space advisory committee
Professor Terry Moore, of the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering, has been appointed to the US Government’s National Space-based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board.
The PNT Advisory Board is made up of a panel of satellite navigation experts who provide insights and recommendations to the U.S. government on Global Positioning System (GPS)-related policy; planning; program management; and funding profiles in relation to the current state of national and international satellite navigation services.
Professor Moore, Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, is the only UK representative on the board. There has been just one other UK representative in the history of the board, established in 2004. He received his letter of appointment from the NASA Administrator for a two-year term on the federal advisory committee, joining 24 other members representing U.S. industry, academia, and international organisations.
Professor Terry Moore said:
It is a great honour to be one of only five international members of this prestigious board. I look forward to helping contribute to the future management and development of GPS, which has become such a fundamental and critical part of all our lives.
In April, the Department of Homeland Security listed PNT among its national critical functions — operations that are so important that interference would wreak havoc on the country’s security, public health, or economic security.
Professor Moore’s selection is a major appointment for the UK’s space industry and academia, with the professor able to act as a strengthening link between the UK Space Agency and the US.
U.S. magazine, Inside GNSS, reports that while the board has a new charter that was signed in May this year, it only extends to September because the board is expected to be chartered again with a designation as one of the President Donald Trump’s key advisory groups – special designation within the executive branch means the board gets additional attention and focus.