Inmarsat’s new CEO returns to proposal for UK-owned navigation constellation to replace ‘aging’ GPS, Galileo

by Peter B. de Selding

CARSAC DE GURSON, France — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat’s new chief executive sought to revive the moribund idea of a sovereign U.K. space-based positioning, navigation and timing network to reduce reliance on “existing, aging, non-sovereign systems.”

In his first major speech since arriving at London-based Inmarsat in March, Rajeev Suri, the former CEO of Nokia, sought to breathe new life into the four-company Athena partnership, which has backed a UK-owned navigation network in the wake of Brexit.

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