Opinions

When All Else Fails: Read the Manual, It May Save Your Life

September 10, 2013By
Audi-dash-GPS

It was a dark and stormy night. The winds gusting to over 70 miles per hour drove the snow horizontally, straight into Lynn’s headlights, making it almost impossible to see the road. The outside temperature was -20 degrees Fahrenheit and the roads were treacherous. Lynn wondered for about the hundredth time what he was doing in the foothills of the... read more

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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

Expert Advice: Looking Back to the Early Days of GPS

September 1, 2013By

By Len Jacobson Besides my family and friends, two major influences have guided my life. One is GPS, and the other is flying, although I’m not a pilot. Most of the flying was on business trips for GPS. I’ve been writing a book about my experiences and how I helped in a small way to bring GPS to the world.... read more

Out in Front: Geospatial on Everything

September 1, 2013By

GPS World Publisher Learns about GIS By Alan Cameron Everything has a geospatial aspect. Everything. Past, present, future. Over grits, coffee, and the airborne delicacy purveyed at the Flying Biscuit Cafe (right out of the oven, right into your mouth) in Sandy Springs, Georgia, I absorbed this high-tech homily. You’ve heard of the European financial crisis. Trace it back to... read more

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Looking High in the Sky from Down Under

August 29, 2013By

A few months ago I wrote in the magazine’s Out in Front column about the surprising abundance of BeiDou-centric papers to be presented at the upcoming ION GNSS+ conference, to which I very much look forward — both the abundance and the conference as a whole. With GLONASS encountering stormy weather of late, and Galileo plugging steadily along but not... read more

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Mobile Resource Market Shows Largest Growth in Location Industry

August 28, 2013By
Teletrac

Mobile resource management has never been a sexy market full of buzz and excitement — we are talking tracking trailers and containers. However, it is on pace to see double-digit growth through 2020. Led by a handful of companies in local fleet, long haul, cellular and trailer tracking, MRM has never faced ups and downs like other location market segments.... read more

A Space Pioneer Remembered

August 14, 2013By

Plus: The First Installment of ‘What Is Don Reading?’ This month I planned to catch up on all those important topics that need to be written about but don’t make the cut, mainly due to space limitations — and then came the sad news of the passing of a good friend, mentor, and great Space and Missile Pioneer, Colonel Francis... read more