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UK seeks to rely less on global satnav systems

Scientists working on quantum and navigation systems, along with industry and other interested parties, are invited to a meeting to discuss how the UK can reduce its dependence on global satellite navigation systems.

The meeting will be held on 26 February in London and is hosted by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence. At the event, the Dstl is expected to announce its intention to fund industry-academia partnerships to develop quantum-based navigation-related technologies.

The meeting comes as the UK is set to stop using the European Union’s Galileo satellite navigation system for defence or critical national infrastructure after Brexit. Government contracts are being tendered for an 18-month feasibility study into alternative systems.

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