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Strategy-level GNSS leadership to participate in 2008 Munich Summit

Allerheiligen-Hofkirche.jpgThe Allerheiligen-Hofkirche, site of the 2008 Munich Summit plenary
February 2, 2008
Inside GNSS, January/February 2008

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As it prepares for its sixth annual conference, the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit continues to hone its identity as a genuine "summit," the place for high-level political, military, and corporate leaders to discuss all of the GNSS systems from a strategic perspective.

The 2008 event, “Towards a GNSS System of Systems,” takes place at the Residenz München in Munich, Germany from February 18 through February
21. This year’s conference will include a closing session on “Galileo,
Back on Track Again,” with Jacques Barrot, European Commission
vice-president and transport commissioner since 2004.

Last November, the European Commission accepted oversight of the
languishing Galileo program and shepherded a budget to approval.
Earlier this month, the European Space Agency announced an April launch
date for Galileo’s second experimental satellite

The plenary session on the evening of February 18 will cover the
conference theme with a panel of national-level executives in charge of
transport and GNSS. It will be moderated by summit organizer Prof.-Dr.
Günter Hein, director of the Institute of Geodesy and Navigation at the
Armed Forces University, Munich. The plenary session includes the director general of the European Space Agency, the Australian deputy premier and finance minister, and the deputy director of the Russian space agency.
The panelists are:
• Emilia Mueller, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, Munich, Germany
• Anna Bligh, Deputy Premier, Minister for Finance and Minister for
State Development, Trade & Innovation, Brisbane, Australia
• Aleš Řebíček, Minister of Transport, Prague, Czech Republic
• Ulrich Kasparick, State Secretary of Parliament, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs, Berlin, Germany
• Richard W. McKinney, Director, European Space Liaison, Office of the Under Secretary of the US Air Force, Paris, France
• Paul Verhoef, Director GNSS Unit, Directorate-General of Transport and Energy, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
• Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of European Space Agency, Paris, France
• Yuri Nosenko, Deputy Director of Federal Space agency (ROSCOSMOS), Head of the GLONASS Coordination Board, Moscow, Russia
• Pedro Pedreira, Executive Director of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority, Brussels, Belgium
• Etelka Barsi-Pataki, Member of Transport and Tourism committee,
European Parliament, Rapporteur for Galileo, Brussels, Belgium.

On February 20, representatives of all of the GNSSes, regional, and
augmentation systems will discuss news of their programs in the morning
session, “Getting Updated.”

Panelists include U.S. GPS Wing Commander Dave Madden; the deputy head
of the Russian mission control center, Sergey Revnivykh; and Didier
Faivre, head of the European Space Agency’s navigation programs.


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