23 September 2015. New Space journal publishes paper authored by ESPI Resident Fellow Serge Plattard on the possibility of considering global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) open signals as a new world public good.

Continuous and ubiquitous availability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) open signals to almost the entire world population, delivered free of charge, introducing a tremendous amount of associated applications, poses the question of considering the primary source of GNSS signals as a new world public good (WPG) or service. When following the traditional definition of the usage of a WPG which is non-rivalrous, non-excludable and available practically worldwide, there is definitely some relevance to this question. After recalling the continuously growing pervasiveness of GNSS signals usage and what characterizes a world public good, the paper analyses if such signals indeed could qualify to be considered as a new WPG. It concludes on the central importance of the free-of-charge access to GNSS for having shaped the end-users market and wonders what would happen if a fee was to be imposed in a distant future. Yet, for the time being the nomenclature of WPG seems to fit.

Abstract of the article can be accessed at: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/space.2015.0014
Full text is available at: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/space.2015.0014

 

 

 

 

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