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Research Focus

Stanford is widely considered by many as the world’s leading institution performing PNT and GPS research today. It all started in the early 1990’s. The early research included:

  • Use of GPS for Spacecraft Attitude and Translation Control
  • Autonomous Aircraft
  • Airplane Navigation, Takeoffs & Landings
  • Precision Farming / Agriculture
  • En-route Flight Safety
  • GPS Augmentation Systems (WAAS and LAAS)

SCPNT was formally organized in 2006 and SCPNT sponsored research continued to evolve. In the last 10+ years the research includes:

  • WAAS and SBAS Augmentation Systems
  • Cyber Safety for Transportation including anti-spoofing & jamming
  • Alternative PNT
  • Time and Time Transfer
  • IMU Development & Testing
  • Multi-Constellation GNSS
  • GNSS Software Receiver

… and more recently:

  • Marine Animals Tracking
  • Positive Train Control

Today there are over 3 billion users of GPS.  GPS, GNSS and PNT have become a de facto utility. We expect the Center’s PNT research to continue to evolve as demand for accurate position location and time is desired and/or required in more-and-more applications worldwide.

The Current and Continuing PNT/GPS Research pages in this section describe the various new and ongoing research projects sponsored by SCPNT.

The Early PNT/GPS Research pages in this section describe research projects from the formative years SCPNT from the decades of 1990 and 2000.