Is There GNSS On Mars?


Of course not, but perhaps there should be. At least, that’s what one academic has proposed in light of the impending pushes by governments and private organisations to land people on the red planet within the coming decades. Even before that happens, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellation could be launched before humans arrive to assist in Mars’ robotic exploration, scientific analysis and perhaps even inter-planetary navigation.

New research released from the Mars Systems Laboratory and the faculty of Aeronautics of Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia calls for such a service. Lead researcher Dr Jozef Kozar has named the concept “GNSS FATIMA,” and proposes that is should include 15 navigation satellites. The satellites would be based on the fundamentals of Earth’s existing satellite navigation systems but customised for the orbital and atmospheric conditions of Mars. Dr Kozar proposed that the 15 satellites would be oriented in three orbital planes, each containing five satellites.

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