Executive Director for QZSS Development
National Space Policy Secretariat (NSPS)
MGA was established in 2011 to promote utilization of multiple GNSS constellations, with sharing the benefits, and testing actual performance under variable conditions and applications in Asia and Pacific region where users can receive more than 30 satellites’ signals even under masking elevation angle 30 degrees.The concept named as “Multi-GNSS demonstration campaign” was proposed to ICG-4 at St. Petersburg, Russia in 2009 by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and endorsed by the committee as a recommendation encourage providers and community members to join the activities. Since 2010, the workshop in the Asia and Oceania region were annually held. The next conference will be the tenth anniversary in Melbourne, Australia 23-25 October, 2018.
I have been involved in MGA activities since I proposed to ICG as a member of Japanese delegation and one of founders of international community since 2009, contributed to the establishment, and seen its growth and development for 9 years. And now, it is my great honor to take over co-chair’s role from Prof. Kato, and working with Prof. Tung, after the 9th MGA conference in Jakarta for 2018 to 2019.
Nowadays, the idea, “the Asia and Oceania is a hot spot for multi-GNSS era” as I proposed, is not a just concept but a reality. In addition to GPS and GLONASS, Galileo and BDS are almost getting full of capability as GNSS, NAVIC as RNSS and QZSS has launched three satellites in 2017 and preparing operational services launch. Recognizing this huge change and progress, I believe we have to step forward into a new stage of our activity, called as MGA 2.0. I will make my best effort to succeed past achievements and to expand Multi-GNSS applications into more practical human’s dairy life to resolve common social problem in Asia Pacific countries. The original MGA goal aiming to get user community awareness on benefits from multiple constellation utilization has completed. Next, we will try to support creating new service, business and applications in the region. Finally, I appreciate for all participants’ understandings, contributions and supports on our activities. I am really happy to work with you.
Professor Ta Hai Tung
Director of the NAVIS Centre – Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam
hen in 2010 the Multi GNSS Asia community was established to provide a forum to discuss benefits and challenges that a multi-GNSS environment can provide, that environment was basically not yet available. Nowadays instead, we can already experience it and in the next few years it will be further enriched with more satellites and new signals. However it is need to push forward with research, technology development and transfer, improving existing applications and services and developing new ones, in order to fully exploit the opportunities offered by the multi-GNSS environment that represents an asset for sustainable development and growth. The MGA community shall continue to act, with different actions, as catalyzer to facilitate dissemination, cooperation, and exchanges among scientists, researchers, technicians as well as representatives of public and private institutions and companies. While keeping its membership open worldwide, the MGA should focus its activities primarily on the Asia-Pacific Region where the richest multi-GNSS environment is available. Joint experiments among members should be encouraged and facilitated. The MGA conference should continue to offer a forum where researchers and industries can meet to elaborate on latest trends and findings while disseminating to public authorities and stakeholders. Young researchers and technicians should be supported and encouraged. As co-chair of the steering committee of MGA, I will do my best to promote the activities of the association for a fruitful exploitation of the challenging multi-GNSS environment that we have at hand.