From the Editor

Out in Front: Europa, Europa

April 1, 2014By
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Not so long ago, we occasionally speculated on the order of GNSS preference for both manufacturers and end users. GPS first, of course. Only the most radical of future visions saw anything different. But after that? GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou — or switch them around? A case could be made for almost any sequence, by virtue of active constellation size or... read more

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Out in Front: Who’s Been Mining My Location?

February 27, 2014By
Steve Copley, GPS World publisher.

Conventional wisdom holds that smartphone users will tolerate diluted privacy — specifically, privacy of their own location — in return for the many advantages delivered by the location-based services on their devices. This conventional wisdom, I put it to you, has been disseminated over the years by conventional wise men, that is, those selling the services and the devices. Users... read more

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Out in Front: Complements of the Season

February 1, 2014By
Alan Cameron

In the wake of last month’s Expert Advice column on eLoran — “The Low Cost of Protecting America” by Dana Goward of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation —  come several positive comments and encouraging developments. Rather than rehearse all the arguments why we should care about this, I’ll repeat the one word that I heard most often in GNSS... read more

Out in Front: A Glow under the Snow

January 1, 2014By
Prague is now the headquarters of the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

A holiday card from a colleague in Europe calls to mind GNSS’s headlong course into the future, coupled with that most backward-reflective of human preoccupations, history. The European GNSS Agency (GSA), whence originated this card, moved from Brussels to Prague in September 2012, in a nod to the pan-European nature of the European Union (EU) generally and its GNSSs, Galileo... read more

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Out in Front: Above All, Leadership

November 25, 2013By
GPS Summit 2002 award.

Just took a stroll down memory lane, leafing through the pages of the December 2002 issue of this magazine. They contain predictive essays of that era — Directions 2003 — and a transcription of the panel discussion from the very first Leadership Dinner, then called the “GPS Summit.” I was there, running the door, riding the audio recorder, handing out bronze presenteaux (pictured here) to departing guests. read more

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Out in Front: Tell the Truth, Now

October 28, 2013By
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Here are a few things about your colleagues that perhaps you did not know: they are a quite colorful, varied, and shall we even say motley crew. Hidden backgrounds came to light during the magazine’s Leadership event in Nashville, during a game called “Guess Who’s Spoofing the Dinner?” One person at each table, secretly recruited in advance, lied freely in... read more

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Letters to the Editor

October 1, 2013By
Constellation snapshot for a specific date/time: GPS week 1749 (725) and GPS seconds 86400 = July 15, 2013, at midnight GPS Time.

Orbital Planes, Nightmares, Pioneers Good morning, Dr. Langley, I have a seven-year-old drawing of GPS satellites in their orbital planes that I found (can’t recall where) some years ago, either on a website or from a colleague who attended some GPS forum. Would you know of a site where I can find current information on GPS satellite locations, which ones... read more

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Out in Front: Virtuosos

October 1, 2013By
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An occasional reader of these pages forwarded a clipping from a summer Wall Street Journal, a book review of the new title, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, by Philip Ball (University of Chicago Press, 465 pages, $35). The book covers scientific advances logged in the 1600s, a century that “began with an essentially medieval outlook and ended looking... read more

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