Expert Advice & Leadership Talks

Directions 2014: Galileo IOV Passes with Flying Colors

December 1, 2013By

Following the second Galileo launch in October 2012, leading to four operational satellites in orbit, a progressive chain of events has taken place in 2013 encompassing all Galileo Services, starting from the first position fix on March 12 (Figure 1), when navigation message continuous broadcast began. read more

Directions 2014: Serve the World, Benefit Mankind — A System Matures

December 1, 2013By
Distribution of visible in-orbit BeiDou satellites.

By adhering to the principles of independence, openness, compatibility, and gradualness, China has steadily pushed forward the deployment of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), following a planned three-step strategy. In 2000, BeiDou Navigation Satellite Demonstration System was completed. By December 2012, five geostationary orbit (GEO) satellites, five inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellites, and four medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites had been launched, forming the constellation, and formally beginning service provision to the Asia-Pacific region. read more

Directions 2014: New Horizons of GLONASS

December 1, 2013By

The fundamentals of Russian government policy in satellite navigation are defined in Presidential Decree #638 of May 17, 2007, and specify that GLONASS services are provided globally and free of any user fees, and GLONASS is used as a basis of the National Positioning, Navigation and Timing System. To efficiently implement the government policy in satellite navigation, in March 2012 the Government approved the dedicated Federal Program focused on GLONASS sustainment, development, and expansion of applications. read more

Directions 2014: Keeping Our Commitment to Civil Users

December 1, 2013By
Colonel William T. “Bill” Cooley.

The cliché “time flies when you’re having fun” accurately describes how quickly the past six months have passed for me. In a program as challenging, rewarding, and mission-critical as GPS, it is full-speed ahead all the time. As the GPS director, I am acutely aware of the importance of time — particularly high-accuracy time. Since declaring initial operational capability in December 1993, the extremely precise time service delivered by GPS has enabled numerous technological advances around the globe. read more

2013 Leadership Awards: The Honorees Speak

December 1, 2013By
The GPS World 2013 Leadership Awards.

This article reproduces the acceptance speeches given by the winners of GPS World’s 2013 Leadership Awards, at the Leadership Dinner in Nashville in September. The Leadership Dinner was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Exelis. Nominations for the 2013 Leadership Awards came from the Editorial Advisory Board of GPS World, from the 2012 Award winners, and from a select handful of... read more

Expert Advice: Which Is the Best GNSS Receiver?

October 1, 2013By
Jaynata Ray

By Jayanta Ray Aerospace GNSS receivers constitute a class apart, compared to their more popular relatives used in automotive, cell phone, or survey applications. Automotive and cell-phone receivers can sometimes provide position information even in indoor environments. The survey class of receivers provides centimeter-level accuracies. However, neither group can guarantee the reliability and integrity of the position solution, and users... read more

Expert Advice: Get Sporty

October 1, 2013By
mountain bikers, with navigation device

By Mark Sampson In recent years, the sporting world has seen an explosion in the use of GPS. You will rarely spot a runner or cyclist on the road without either a smartphone strapped to their arm or a dedicated GPS device clamped to their handlebars, tracking their every move. The amount of information that the modern sportsperson — from... read more

Expert Advice: Laser Reflectors to Ride on Board GPS III

September 1, 2013By
Figure 2. Structure and products of the Global Geodetic Observing System related to GPS performance.

By James J. Miller and John LaBrecque, NASA Headquarters, and A.J. Oria, Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc. Satellite laser ranging (SLR) and the results of combining SLR with GPS in the future will translate into significant performance advancements for generations to come, once it is fully implemented as part of the GPS III architecture. Simply put, SLR techniques will improve GPS... read more