Satellite guru receives prestigious award

Satellite guru receives prestigious award

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Curtin's School of Earth and Planetary Sciences professor Peter Teunissen.

A Leeming resident has become the first scientist from the Southern Hemisphere to receive the prestigious Johannes Kepler Award for his contribution to satellite navigation.

Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences professor Peter Teunissen received the award from the Institute of Navigation’s Satellites Division in the United States.

“Being the recipient of the prestigious Johannes Kepler Award is a truly great honour,” he said.

“It is then extra special to be the first scientist in the Southern Hemisphere to receive the award.

“The international recognition that the award gives to our research is also
an extra motivation for our future research.”

According to him the future of satellite navigation in Western Australia is bright.

“Due to our geographic location we are able to track the signals from all global and regional navigation satellites systems and thus benefit from the multitude of signals that the satellites of these systems transmit,” he said.

“We are working on developing new models to integrate these systems such that all their different signals can be treated as if being transmitted from one single global navigation satellite system.”

Thanks to his research professor Teunissen has boosted satellite-positioning capabilities in Western Australia and he said he has more to give to WA.