The economic impact on the UK of a disruption to GNSS

Practice area: Downstream Terrestrial Applications | Space
Client: Innovate UK, UK Space Agency, Royal Institute of Navigation
Published: June, 2017
Keywords: impact assessment modelling qualitative analysis quantitative analysis stakeholder surveys and consultations

GNSS provide signals from satellites orbiting in space to give us accurate information on positioning, navigation and timing. These systems have a large range of uses but, until now, the economic benefits have not always been well understood. This study aims to provide an answer in terms of estimated economic impact of a five day outage on the UK.

Using a combination of desk-based research and expert consultations, the report identifies patterns of current usage, the functional role of GNSS within each system, resilience (if any) to disruption, and estimates the likely impact of a disruption to GNSS availability for up to five days across ten application domains in the UK: Road, Rail, Aviation, Maritime, Food, Emergency and Justice Services, Surveying, Location-Based Services (LBS), Other Infrastructure, and Other Applications.

Given the highly strategic and economic value of GNSS, the study presents the rationale and a high-level assessment of the impact of UK public funding of GNSS. The cost and effectiveness of possible mitigation strategies are also considered.

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