Blog Editor’s Note: A great “year in review” post by Guy Buesnel, on the Linkedin. Guy is a member of RNTF’s International Advisory Committee and leads the GNSS Vulnerabilities group on Linkedin. 

Grounded flights, lost drones and ‘crop circles’: the year in GNSS vulnerabilities

Guy Buesnel

PNT Security Technologist – with expertise in testing system robustness against G… See More

In 2019 we saw massive worldwide disruption from GNSS jamming, spoofing and other vulnerabilities. Here’s a recap of the year’s most significant events.

If anyone still doubts the seriousness of the risks presented by GPS and GNSS vulnerabilities, the events of 2019 should put those doubts to rest.

I’ve spent most of my career identifying threats to GNSS-dependent systems, and I can categorically say I’ve never seen issues on the kind of scale we’ve seen this year.

Across the world we’ve seen flights grounded, shipping disrupted, drones lost, weather balloons downed, and vehicles of all kinds mysteriously lose their bearings. The causes range from state-sponsored electronic warfare and organised criminal activity to technical issues with the satellite systems and the receivers that rely on their signals.

Here’s a look back at some of the most significant events of 2019.

GPS week rollover disrupts flights, traffic lights, weather balloons, and more