Caroline Nokes responds to Innovate UK report

This letter from Caroline Nokes, former Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency, responds to the Innovate UK report on the economic impact of a disruption to global navigation and satellite systems on the UK.


Letter from Caroline Nokes to Dr Ruth McKernan CBE

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Many of our critical services, from telecommunications to transport, rely on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) to operate. GNSS provide signals from satellites orbiting in space to give us accurate information on positioning, navigation and timing. The Innovate UK report looks at what would happen to the UK economy if GNSS were unavailable for five days.

In January 2018, the Blackett Review on satellite-derived time and position considered the UK’s dependency on GNSS and recommended a number of measures to make critical services more resilient to disruption or loss of GNSS.

Published 30 January 2018