Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Masterclass

The primary objective of the workshop will be to raise awareness and understanding of the performance and limitations of positioning and timing systems; and to provide information on steps to take to improve performance and resilience.

In addition, the workshop will include a look at positioning and timing sources including new approaches such as low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite constellations and other “sensors of opportunity” such as cameras and audio.

Who is it for?

This course is designed to be educational and informative for those who need to bring positioning and/or timing information into their application or data-based service. This would include, for example, use of PNT in drones, autonomous vehicles, communications, integration of positioning data for analytics, airports, ports and other infrastructure / logistics.

The course is also applicable for anyone wanting to improve knowledge and skills PNT generally.

CPD credits:

This course is admissible for CPD. A certificate of attendance is available on request.

The Royal Institute of Navigation offers a route to professional engineering registration for professionally qualified members, visit https://rin.org.uk/page/ProfessionalReg for more information.


The course will be lead by John Pottle, director of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and Guy is PNT security technologist at Spirent Communications with over 20 years of experience in PNT.


Course fees are fully-funded by the UK Space Agency and CSATT for individuals and SMEs in Cornwall. Refreshments, lunch, and a networking reception will all be included.


This course will be delivered in person and virtually. To attend virtually please select a virtual ticket.

Training Programme:

09:30 Welcome and introductions

09:40 Why isn’t my “GPS” position consistently more accurate?

10:00 2021 update: incidents & impacts

10:30 Refreshment break

11:00 Requirements Definition, Risk Assessments

11:30 Systems-of-Systems Concept to Improving Resilience

12:00 Lunch break

13:00 Evolution of space-based PNT, New signals, LEO, GEO

13:20 Alternative / Additional PNT sources, Pseudolites, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, UWB, Inertial, Cameras, Other Sensors

13:40 Case study: Aviation examples

13:50 Case study: Mobile devices sensor fusion approach

14:00 Q&A session

14:30 Refreshment break

15:00 Break-out sessions

16:00 Round-up and summary

16:30 End of day

This training is organised by the CSATT project*, which is delivered by Truro and Penwith College and part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the Meeting Smart Specialisation Business Needs through Higher Level Skills project. CSATT is supported by Aerospace Cornwall, Spaceport Cornwall, and Goonhilly Earth Station. You can find out more about CSATT here: https://www.truro-penwith.ac.uk/csatt