With the advances in space technology (ST) and information technology (IT), precise information on position, navigation and time is becoming important in the industry, national defense, and science fields as well as everyday life. Hence, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), which uses artificial satellites, has drawn much attention, and the application of GNSS technology, which is represented by the GPS, has rapidly been progressed after the declaration of the full operational capability (FOC) of the GPS, which is the U.S. GNSS, in 1995.
The GNSS is closely related with the national infrastructure construction such as information and communication industry, satellite industry, and intelligent transport system (ITS) industry. Therefore, the GNSS is widely used in various application fields such as land, marine, and aviation navigation fields, geodetic survey field, attitude determination field, time synchronization field, and military field. Also, many countries in the world are conducting research for the development of the Next Generation GNSS.
In Korea, efforts are also made to invigorate the GNSS technology as part of national infrastructure construction, and in Korea and foreign countries, preparations are actively made to develop and utilize the GNSS technology at the national level.
The GNSS Technology Council (GTC) which represents the GNSS-related expert group in Korea, was established in 1994 to promote the research activity and scholarly information exchange for the Korean and foreign GNSS technology. During the past 18 years, the GTC has made efforts to exchange and propagate the Korean and foreign GNSS-related technology by hosting workshops. Moreover, for stimulating the GNSS field and broadening the boundary and influence, the Korean GNSS Society (KGS) which is affiliated to the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, was newly established in December 2011.
The GTC has made efforts to contribute to the domestic industrial technology development and broaden the expertise among the members by promoting the GNSS-related scholarly activity, research and development, and technological information exchange. Following these activities of the GTC, the KGS aims to maximize its influence in Korea and foreign countries by reinforcing an in-depth scholarly activity such as journal publication.
KGS aims to raise the Korean GNSS technology to world-class level, contribute to the domestic scholarly activity promotion and industrial technology development, and broaden the expertise among the members by leading the technology and research and development in the GNSS field which are necessary for the nation, society, and industrial sectors.