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ION, LightSquared, and GPS IIF-3

October 10, 2012By
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By Don Jewell It had to happen sometime. I just thought or hoped it might take a few more years. But I guess I should not be surprised since I experienced a wonderful 30-year U.S. Air Force (USAF) career and that has been over for more than a decade. I have been working GPS issues since 1978. So I guess... read more

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Mapplegate Causes Apple CEO to Suggest Alternatives

October 10, 2012By

The uproar caused by glitches in turn-by-turn and other features from Apple’s new Maps feature has forced CEO Tim Cook to make a public apology. It also has made some in the industry wonder why Apple decided to drop Google Maps in the first place — though many say it was the smart thing to do in the long run.... read more

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Future Visions from the GNSS Oscar Winners

October 3, 2012By

At the magazine’s annual Leadership Dinner, held during the ION-GNSS Conference, we gave the first GNSS Leadership Awards to four individuals for their respective work in the four fields of satellites, signals, services, and products. We asked each recipient to give us a vision of the future: upcoming work, whether that’s something they plan to undertake or they think someone... read more

Letter to the Editor: Using One Part of GPS, Ignoring Another

October 1, 2012By

The article “Drone Hack” in the August issue of GPS World and Todd Humphreys’ testimony before a House Subcommittee overseeing the Department of Homeland Security cited results of a spoofing experiment Humphreys conducted with University of Texas colleagues, demonstrating that a drone helicopter, navigating principally on the civil GPS signal, could have its vertical channel spoofed, causing it to descend.... read more

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Expert Advice: PNT for the Nation

October 1, 2012By

Three Key Attributes and Nine Druthers By Brad Parkinson. Position, navigation, and time (PNT) are essential enablers for warfighter capabilities. They are used in virtually every weapons system of the Department of Defense. The GPS system has become the ubiquitous provider of this military service. In addition, GPS is the backbone of scores of civil applications that have provided startling... read more

Out in Front: The Bronze Prize for Golden Success

October 1, 2012By

We have heard it before, in various fora and in various forms: the GPS program is a victim of its own success. Because the satellites are living so long, launches of new, modernized space vehicles get deferred. And deferred. And deferred. The U.S. Congress meanwhile, for whom “defer” is a code to live by, happily pounces on this as an... read more

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