The Institute of Navigation (ION) is a non-profit professional organization for the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing. It was founded in 1945 and serves communities interested in navigation and positioning on land, air, sea and space. It is a worldwide organization with members in more than 50 countries.
As of 2012, the ION has approximately 3,000 members. The ION is headquartered in Manassas, Virginia.
During World War II, the field of navigation experienced "dramatic developments [during] a period of fast-moving changes... People recognized the need for an organization to provide a forum for discussion [of the] various aspects of
navigation." Dr. Samuel Herrick, assistant professor of astronomy at UCLA, proposed an institute for navigation. Dr. Herrick envisioned a research center and publication of a journal.
On June 25, 1945, the Institute of Navigation was founded at an organizational meeting held at UCLA. The Institute's first permanent council was elected at the first annual meeting in October 1945. Colin H. McIntosh, of American Airlines, was elected as the Institute's first president. The Institute's journal, Navigation, was first published in March 1946.
The ION National Office was located on the campus of UCLA until 1960, when it moved to Washington, DC. In 1992, the headquarters were relocated to Northern Virginia.
The Institute sponsors several technical conferences each year. These conferences focus on current developments in navigation technology and policy.
IEEE/ION PLANS (Position, Location and Navigation Symposium) Conference, Spring, biennial.
JSDE/ION Joint Navigation Conference, June.
ION GNSS, September. ION GNSS is attended by approximately 1,800 GPS and GNSS specialists from more than 40 countries.
The Institute of Navigation publishes a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, Navigation.
The ION sponsors a variety of programs intended to promote the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing. In an effort to reach out to the next generation of engineers, ION sponsors the ION Robotic Lawn Mower Competition, the ION Mini-Urban Challenge, ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition, a scholarship program, and student paper competitions.
The ION also sponsors government fellows that serve a one-year term in a Congressional office or an Executive Branch department.
The ION recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of navigation. These recognitions include annual awards and election to Fellow membership.
Satellite Division: The purpose of the Satellite Division is to encourage the development, operation, and use of navigation and position determination systems incorporating satellite based elements. The Satellite Division sponsors two awards presented each year. The Johannes Kepler Award honors individuals for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. The Bradford W. Parkinson Award recognizes outstanding graduate students in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems.
The Institute of Navigation is the world's premier non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). Founded in 1945, it serves a diverse community including those interested in air,
space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. Its membership is worldwide, and it is affiliated with the International Association of Institutes of Navigation.
ION members are drawn from many sources including professional navigators, astronomers, cartographers, photogrametrists, meteorologists, engineers, physicists, educators, geodesists, surveyors, general aviation and airline pilots, mariners, yachtsmen, and anyone interested in position-determining systems. Corporate members include corporations, civil and military government agencies, private scientific and technical institutions, universities and training academies, and consulting firms.
ION INTERNATIONAL TECHNICAL MEETINGS
These technical meetings offer you and your colleagues the opportunity to exchange technological information on the various navigation and positioning systems. The Institute annually sponsors an International Technical Meeting (January), IEEE/ION PLANS (Spring), JSDE/ION Joint Navigation Conference (Spring), and ION GNSS Meeting (September, sponsored by the ION's Satellite Division). These conferences provide a chance to present technical papers and discuss new findings with industry peers. The meetings are an opportunity to meet new people and renew old acquaintances.
The ION is well known for is its prestigious quarterly journal, NAVIGATION. The journal publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on all areas related to the science and technology of air, sea, land and space navigation, including estimation of position, velocity, attitude, and time, and the technologies that support the determination of these quantities. Supporting technologies include navigation aids and instrumentation, algorithms and methods, error and integrity analysis, signal processing, biological navigation systems, surveying and geodesy. Editorial services for the journal are provided by professionals in government, industry, and academia.
The ION publishes CD-ROM Proceedings from each ION conference. These proceedings contain each paper presented at the conference and provide a valuable resource for industry professionals.
Another popular series of publications are the Monographs of the Global Positioning System, better known as the "GPS Red Books".
The Institute sponsors five major annual awards. These awards include the Thurlow, Hays, Weems, Superior Achievement, and Burka Awards. Nominations are solicited from the navigation community. The presentation of these coveted awards is one of the many highlights of the ION International Technical Meeting.
In addition to the major awards, the ION sponsors student awards for navigation excellence. Cash awards are available to outstanding students of navigation selected by the faculty of recognized academies.
The Council of the Institute acts as its board of directors. Council members are elected by the membership. Day-to-day operations of the Institute are conducted by the national office staff, at the national headquarters of the ION in Manassas, Virginia.
- ION CORPORATE DIRECTORY
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ACUTRONIC USA, Inc.
Agency for Defense Development
AGENCY FOR DEFENSE DEVELOPMENT
Airways Corp of New Zealand
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
ATLANTIC INERTIAL SYSTEMS INC
Aviation Data Communication Corporation
Braxton Technologies, LLC
C.S. Draper Laboratory
CAST Navigation, LLC
Chronos Technology Limited
CMC Electronics, Inc.
Coherent Navigation, Inc.
Crossbow Technology, Inc.
CTAE - AEROSPACE RESEARCH & TECHNOLOG
Deimos Space S.L.
DW International Ltd
E EADS Astrium
EXCELITAS TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
Falcon Reconnaissance Systems
Federal Aviation Administration
Furuno GPS/OEM Timing
General Lighthouse Authorities
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
GMV Aerospace and Defence, S.A.
Infinity Systems Engineering
Innovative Solutions International
Inside GNSS/Gibbons Media Research
Institute of Flight Guidance, TU-BS
ISI , A SUBSIDIARY OF PRAGMATICS
ISRO Satellite Centre
ITT Communication Systems GNSS Solutions
Javad Positioning Systems
Johns Hopkins University/APL
K Kongsberg Seatex AS
MTRG CESRE CSIRO
National Geodetic Survey
Navcom Technology, Inc.
Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems
Ohio University Avionics Engineering Center
Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc.
Penn State University Navigation R&D Center
PETROLEO BRASILEIRO S/A
R RAKON LTD
RENESAS DESIGN FRANCE
RINCON RESEARCH CORPORATION
ROHDE & SCHWARZ, INC.
Rx Networks, Inc.
Sandia National Laboratories
Selex Systems Integration Inc
SENSONOR TECHNOLOGIES AS
SEPTENTRIO SATELLITE NAVIGATION
SiRF Technology, Inc.
skyguide - swiss air navigation services ltd
Sokkia Topcon Co., Ltd., Technical Administration
Southern Avionics Co.
SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic
Spirent Communications SW, Ltd
Spirent Federal Systems
ST Ericsson UK Ltd
Steve Lieber & Associates, Inc. (SLA, Inc.)
SUBCARRIER SYSTEMS CORP (SCSC)
SYSTRON DONNER INERTIAL
TAHOE RF SEMICONDUCTOR, INC
The MITRE Corporation
The University of Texas
Topcon Positioning Systems, CIS
Trimble Integrated Technologies
Trimble Navigation, Ltd.
U.S. Coast Guard Command & Control Engineering Center
U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA)
Universal Avionics Corporation
US COAST GUARD
US Naval Observatory
USAF GPS Wing
USCG Navigation Center (NAVCEN)
USCG R&D Center
White Electronic Designs Corporation
Xsens Technologies B.V
Navigation is a roving animal with the development of Loran, then in 1978 the launch of the first
GPS satellite. Such developments challenged the very idea of a
Royal Institute of Navigation. This is because position-finding is now a relatively automated
These developments allied to a determination to embrace global satellite navigation systems and information technology as important elements in modern navigation, helped the
become a 21st century organisation.
AIMS & OBJECTIVES
The ION has three stated main ai
The process of evolution continues today. In 2002 the RIN made its first appearance on the
internet, and its website has been consistently popular ever since as a source of news for everyone with an interest in navigation.
In 2004, the Council began investigating ways to provide members with legal protection. Three years later, to mark its 60th anniversary in 2007, the Institute changed its status once again, as it had to mark its 25th. It gained a Royal Charter, becoming an 'incorporated body' just after the stroke of midnight on January 1 2007. In the wake of the change, the Institute
developed a new logo and website for the 21st Century.
THE INSTITUTE OF NAVIGATION
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Manassas, VA 20109
Manassas is an independent city surrounded by Prince William County and the independent city of Manassas Park in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Its population was 37,821 as of 2010. Manassas also surrounds the 38-acre (150,000 m2) county courthouse, but that county property is not part of the city. The City of Manassas has several important historic sites from the period 1850–1870. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Manassas (along with Manassas Park) with Prince William County for statistical purposes. The City of Manassas is part of the Washington Metropolitan Area and it is situated in the Northern Virginia region.
of the Institute of Navigation
Council of the Institute acts as its Board of Directors. The Council
Members are elected annually by the Membership. Day-to-day operations of
the Institute are conducted by the National Office Staff, at the
national headquarters of the ION in Manassas, Virginia.
ION / COUNCIL INFORMATION
COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
and Executive Committee Minutes - January 2013
Committee Minutes - September 2012
Committee Minutes - April 2012
Minutes - April 2012
Minutes - January 2012
Minutes - June 2011
Committee Minutes - June 2011
Minutes - January 2011
Committee Minutes - September 2010
Minutes - May 2010
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Committee Minutes - June 2009
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Committee Minutes - September 2008
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Minutes - January 2008
Committee Minutes - January 2008
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
of Incorporation, January 26, 1967
State Corporation Commission, July 1, 1992
Awards Policy, January 2013
Committee Matrix, June 2000
of Interest Discloure, January 2009
Fellow Policy, January 2000
Retention Policy, January 2009
Fellow Policy, January 2003
Selection Policy, January 2012
Co-Sponsorship Policy, January 21, 2001
for Issuance of Press Passes for ION Meetings, October 2008
Award Policy, January 13, 1997
Travel Grant Policy, June 29, 1997
Policy, January 25, 2009
Policy, January 2012
Strategy, September 12, 2003
Guidelines, January 21, 1998
Policies and Procedures, September 2012
Budget, January 2013
Financial Statements, FY 2010-11, June 1, 2011
Position Descriptions, April 2012
Handbook, January 2013
Plan, January 2010
Handbook, January 2000
Section Scholarship Plans:
Mountain Section, January 2003
California Section, June 6, 2004
latest Solarnavigator is designed to be capable of an autonomous
world navigation set for an attempt in 2015 if all goes according
to schedule. This scientific expedition will improve safety
at sea by demonstrating robotic navigation at a practical level.