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Navigational Scientist

The applications of satellite data for the use of navigation has become an integral part of life, whether that be for use for SatNav systems in cars or for tracking shipping.

There is a huge variety of applications of satellite technology including both military and civilian applications. 

In the military the use of GPS has become the core navigational system and has changed the way that the military operates in many areas including command and control and the guidance of autonomous systems. Satellite navigation has also been increasingly used for civilian purposes such as for SatNav systems in cars.

Future developments in satellite applications has the potential to revolutionise navigation, allowing for automated transport and the modernisation of air traffic control. The expanding field of satellite technology allows for many opportunities to work within its application to navigation.

Routes into Navigational Science

There is no set path to take into navigational science, with it being an ever expanding field with many different applications there are so many ways you could apply your knowledge to this field whether it be developing an app to use satellite data to help commuters avoid traffic or developing the use of satellites for autonomous vehicles. A background in science, engineering or maths would be an advantage and skills in programming and modelling would be an asset.

To learn more about navigational science, timing and positional systems, watch this free video course by the Royal Institute of Navigation:


Emma Collier

Emma studies Physics with Astronomy at the University of Southampton.

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