From the Editor

Out in Front: A Star Is Born

August 1, 2013By

Welcome to the club, India, and happy Birth Day. With the July 1 launch of IRNSS-1A, India and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System have officially joined the GNSSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society). With full membership, however, come some society duties and responsibilities. Chief and first among these is to provide all other society members and interested parties with... read more

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Enter to Win a Handheld GPS Computer

July 30, 2013By
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Real-time 1-2 meter GPS accuracy in the palm of your hand — a spanking new June  T41 rugged handheld computer from Trimble is up for grabs. One lucky winner of the drawing among all entrants who complete the 2013 State of the GNSS Industry Survey will take it home. Other raffle prizes also offered. In addition to a handheld computer... read more

Out in Front: Uh-oh for Information

July 1, 2013By

Back around 1992, in the early days of the World Wide Web, a starry-eyed pundit trumpeted “The Internet will do for information what TV did for entertainment!” “Uh-oh for information,” riposted an editorial cartoonist at the time. To be sure, television since the 1950s has brought a few new high points of entertainment into homes around the world, as well... read more

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Out in Front: Ruminations Upon a Technical Program

June 1, 2013By

The Institute of Navigation’s (ION’s) advance program for the 2013 GNSS+ conference in September arrived in the mail the other day, and was avidly consumed. The technical sessions of this gathering are prime hunting ground for presentations that later become articles in this magazine, as are, to lesser extent, those of the European Navigation Conference, the Joint Navigation Conference, CTIA,... read more

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Out in Front: The System, Simulated

May 1, 2013By

Wealth, breadth, and depth. That’s what this issue brings you, in signal simulation- and testing-related content. Unfortunately, the wealth on offer has to large extent elbowed out our two news sections, The Business and The System. The former is given short shrift in this issue and the latter even shorter herewith, in pithy precis with website shortcuts. And our apologies.... read more

Out in Front: Galileo’s World

April 1, 2013By
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It’s been a long time coming. With the capability to make a position fix from four signal-broadcasting satellites, we can now say that Galileo has truly arrived. Of course, this is only one of many milestones (excuse me, kilometer markers) along the way, a trajectory that could be bounded at 23 years and counting, or possibly longer. Let’s not forget,... read more

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Out in Front: The Semi-Private Life of Waldorf Twitty

March 1, 2013By

We’re going through!” The Captain’s voice was like thin slate breaking. He wore combat fatigues with a dusty beret. “We can’t make it, sir. They’re laying down fire too heavy, if you ask me.” “I’m not asking you, lieutenant,” said the Captain. “Go to overdrive!” The throb of the diesel Stryker increased: cha-rugga-rugga-rugga. He surveyed the rocky defile ahead. “Throw... read more

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Out in Front: Stand By to Capsize

February 1, 2013By

We have reached our tipping point, say the seven U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff in a January 14 letter to Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. “We are on the brink of creating a hollow force,” they continue. By this they mean that the military of the size that they are required to... read more

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