Opinions

Out in Front: The Things We Carry

March 31, 2015By
Alan Cameron, editor-in-chief

We have entered a discussion phase at the magazine, a fierce conversation if you will, occasioned on the one hand by the periodic need to freshen our appearance, but also to re-investigate and re-evaluate our whole approach. The way we do things, and the actual things we do. The thoughts and pre-conceptions and mental equipment we carry with us to... read more

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All GNSS Attend, But Galileo Gets the Spotlight

March 30, 2015By

First and foremost, let’s give a big hand to Adam and Anastasia, the two Galileo FOC satellites that were successfully launched on March 27. Following the not-so-successful Galileo launch in August, it was imperative that this go smoothly. Although the Double-A launch occurred after the conclusion of this year’s Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, anticipation of the event set the context... read more

Mobile World Congress Sees Rise in Indoor Location Companies

March 26, 2015By

This year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the biggest ever, with 95,000 attendees and thousands of booths, conferences and people with sore feet walking a cavernous exhibition hall. While the Geneva Auto Show ran close to the same dates, connected vehicle companies and technology were prominently featured. What was interesting, however, was the rise of indoor positioning companies and mobile advertising agencies with interest in location. read more

Uber and Decarta: Automated Taxi Tomorrow?

March 25, 2015By
Janice Partyka

The force of mapping was punctuated this month when Uber, the juggernaut taxi service, acquired long-time mapping and navigation company deCarta. Uber and its competitor, Lyft, redefined taxi service with a smartphone app that connects users and drivers. These services have exceled by offering reliable low-cost rides and quick pick-ups, functionality that is enabled by seamless mapping and navigation technologies.... read more

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Javad Ashjaee Urges Diplomacy, Cooperation to End Crimean Stand-Off

March 25, 2015By

By Javad Ashjaee 25 years ago, while the Soviet Union still existed, I began efforts that led me to become the first to combine United States’ GPS and Russia’s GLONASS satellites. Later I hosted many GPS and GLONASS authorities, fostered friendships among them, and promoted concepts such as “compatibility” and “interoperability” of satellite systems. See the details in the GPS... read more

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Flying Without GPS One Dark, Stormy Night

March 11, 2015By
AWACS refueling (Photo courtesy of the USAF).

In 1978, I was stationed in Iceland as Supervisor of Flying for U.S. Air Force military aircraft. My boss, Major General-selectee John L. (Pete) Piotrowski, had arrived for a visit. In the days before GPS, during a particularly stormy and icy night, we experienced a close call with an AWAC aircraft, leading to just one of the leadership lessons I learned from this great man. Plus: The difference GPS made. read more

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In GNSS Race, Could Galileo Be Surging into Second?

March 4, 2015By
σ(pr_gnd) versus elevation for Galileo E1 (dotted lines) and GPS L1 (solid lines for different smoothing constants: red (10s), green (30s), cyan (60s), purple (100s).

A Lockheed Martin vice president has stated that the first GPS III satellite will likely launch in 2017, not 2016 as had been projected in the most recent update. The company is readying the first satellite for launch availability by the end of 2015, for launch as early as the end of this year, but Mark Valerio, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's military space business, stated in a Feb. 18 news briefing that he expects the Air Force will schedule its launch for early 2017. read more

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