Opinions

Letter to the Editor: Our First Mistake

December 1, 2012By

Our first mistake is to presume an environment of perfection and security. Nothing is foolproof and spoof-free. Every product or service is an envelope of packaging that can be opened, peeled back, reversed engineered, and replicated. I have seen “ultimate security” defeated repeatedly. GPS is no exception, of course. We put our signatures and seals on these things; enterprising competitors,... read more

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Directions 2013: Galileo and GNSS to the Fore

December 1, 2012By
Figure 4. Real-time sensor station network.

The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany operates spacecraft on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and maintains the ground facilities and expertise for ESA and other institutional and commercial customers. ESOC is composed of two departments: the Mission Operations Department and the Ground Systems Engineering Department, of which the Navigation Support Office is an integral part. The main objectives of the Navigation Support Office (NSO)are the provision of expertise for high-accuracy navigation, satellite geodesy, and the generation of related products and services for all ESA missions and for third-party customers, as well as supporting the European GNSS Programmes: Galileo and EGNOS. read more

Leadership Awards 2012: Terrestrial-Based Signals

December 1, 2012By
Alan Cameron (left) congratulates Waldemar Kunysz, NextNav LLC, on his GPS World award.

This article reproduces the acceptance speeches given by the winners of GPS World’s 2012 Leadership Awards, at the Leadership Dinner in Nashville in September. The Leadership Dinner was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Deimos Space. read more

Leadership Awards 2012: Pairing LEOs with GNSS Birds

December 1, 2012By

This article reproduces the acceptance speeches given by the winners of GPS World’s 2012 Leadership Awards, at the Leadership Dinner in Nashville in September. The Leadership Dinner was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Deimos Space. read more

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Directions 2013: GLONASS Today and Tomorrow

December 1, 2012By

Since December 2011, the GLONASS system has been fully operational, providing worldwide service with 100 percent global availability and acceptable accuracy for most users. The system is globally accepted by many users, and most leading manufacturers include GLONASS in their devices. read more

Directions 2013: Plans Set in Motion for GPS

December 1, 2012By

I believe the future of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and particularly GPS will only be limited by our ingenuity and imagination. In terms of economic benefit, GPS contributes $60 billion to our economy, and that’s no stretch considering the positive and real advantages GPS affords us every day through fuel savings, transportation optimization, banking transactions, recreational activities, and certainly the defense of our great nation. read more

Leadership Awards 2012: Real-Time Kinematic in Your Palm

December 1, 2012By

This article reproduces the acceptance speeches given by the winners of GPS World’s 2012 Leadership Awards, at the Leadership Dinner in Nashville in September. The Leadership Dinner was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Deimos Space. read more

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Out in Front: If We Only Know Then What We Don’t Know Now

December 1, 2012By

Some of you have been asking questions, and while it is generally our business to provide answers, in this case I simply show these questions back to you, for instructive purposes. They come from the 2012 State of the Industry Survey, reported in the September issue. In that survey, we posed one question whose results were not reflected in that... read more

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