A Brief History of Satellite Navigation

13 Mar 2018

Sheffield Metallurgical & Engineering Association Annual Ken Barraclough Memorial Lecture and Members' Dinner


Air Commodore Norman Bonnor will present A Brief History of Satellite Navigation.


At the height of the cold war Norman flew the Victor as part of the V-Force and Bomber Command. Later he commanded RAF Waddington and went on to become Deputy Commander of the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force.


He will chart the history of Global Satellite Navigation Systems (GNSS) from the earliest days of the ‘Space Race’ in the 1960s and 1970s, navigation satellite systems for positioning of nuclear submarines, to the latest plans for modernisation of existing systems.


On 26 June 2004 the EU and USA signed an agreement on the structure and technical aspects  to allow unrestricted access to  Open services. This  led to the many applications of today and the feasibility of other applications in the future.


Immediately following the lecture, at approximately 7.30,  will be the MEMBERS' DINNER.  The menu is similar to recent years and again represents excellent value at £22, including three course dinner plus coffee, with table wine.   Members are limited to one dinner guest.    

Non-members welcome



5.30pm - Coffee and biscuits

6.00pm - Lecture

The lecture will be followed by the Members' dinner.

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
Holiday Inn Royal Victoria
S4 7YE
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Dr Ken Ridal

tel. 0114 230 5650


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