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Call for Papers

Future Position, Navigation, and Timing

Satellite Navigation welcomes submissions to the thematic series on ‘Future Position, Navigation, and Timing (Future PNT)

Position, Navigation, and timing (PNT) technology are the foundation of human activity to provide the accuracy position and time information. With the expansion of the region exploring by human in the nature as well as virtual world, and the essential advancements in the science and technology, it is essential to build a comprehensive positioning, navigation and timing system with novel PNT theory and method, cutting-edge technologies, as well as instruments to implement the integration of multi-PNT sources and information sharing in all scenes as underwater, indoor, deep space and network. Hence, the construction of space-time unified, flexible, intelligence, and security PNT has become an important direction for the development of PNT technology in the future.

In response to the development plan of the comprehensive PNT system, this special issue invites the latest research results in the field of future PNT, covering the theoretical models and methods, instruments and equipment, and innovative applications of future PNT, including but not limited to the following topics:

  • GNSS and LEO based satellite navigation
  • Inertial navigation
  • Pulsars and astronomical navigation
  • Geomagnetic and gravity navigation
  • Visual and LiDAR navigation
  • Quantum navigation
  • Brain-inspired and Bio-inspired intelligent navigation
  • Underwater PNT
  • Indoor and underground PNT
  • PNT for the Moon and deep space
  • Instruments and sensors of PNT
  • Integrity theory and method
  • Theory and method of elastic PNT
  • Time and space reference for future PNT

Guest Editors

Professor Yuanxi Yang, State Key Laboratory of Geo-Information Engineering, Xi’an, China

Professor Qile Zhao, Wuhan University, Hubei, China

Manuscript submission due date: May 31, 2025

Submission Guidelines

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. Paper submissions must conform to the layout and format guidelines of the journal.

Submissions must be sent via the journal submission website:, authors can select the "Future PNT" in the "Additional Information" tab during submission.

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