The True Story of the Origins of GPS

November 1, 2009  - By 0 Comments

Photos from the GPS World Leadership Dinner 2009, September 24

ION GNSS 2009 Conference, Savannah, Georgia

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Bradford W. Parkinson, the first GPS Program Office director, chief architect, and advocate for GPS, relates “The True Story of the Origins of the Global Positioning System” and pays tribute to many of the people he worked with during that time.

Bradford W. Parkinson, the first GPS Program Office director, chief architect, and advocate for GPS, relates “The True Story of the Origins of the Global Positioning System” and pays tribute to many of the people he worked with during that time.

    A slide from Parkinson’s presentation, which drew from previously classified reports as early as 1964–66. A text version of his history lesson will appear in an upcoming GPS World magazine.

A slide from Parkinson’s presentation, which drew from previously classified reports as early as 1964–66. A text version of his history lesson will appear in an upcoming GPS World magazine.

Keynote speaker Brad Parkinson with the evening’s hostess, publisher Kristina Panter.

Keynote speaker Brad Parkinson with the evening’s hostess, publisher Kristina Panter.

It’s hard to tell which shines brighter, the crystal chandeliers in Savannah’s Olde Pink House ballroom, or the many GNSS luminaries in attendance. Also sponsoring the Leadership Dinner were ITT and Spirent (Silver), and Trimble (Bronze).

It’s hard to tell which shines brighter, the crystal chandeliers in Savannah’s Olde Pink House ballroom, or the many GNSS luminaries in attendance. Also sponsoring the Leadership Dinner were ITT and Spirent (Silver), and Trimble (Bronze).

Greg Turetzky of SiRF Technology shows off his newest chip to Javad Ashjaee and Tom Hunter of JAVAD GNSS.

Greg Turetzky of SiRF Technology shows off his newest chip to Javad Ashjaee and Tom Hunter of JAVAD GNSS.

 

Col. David Goldstein, GPS Wing, converses with Art Gower of Lockheed Martin and Len Jacobson, Global Systems and Marketing (both members of GPS World’s Advisory Board).

Col. David Goldstein, GPS Wing, converses with Art Gower of Lockheed Martin and Len Jacobson, Global Systems and Marketing (both members of GPS World’s Advisory Board).

Lockheed Martin Space Systems was a Gold Sponsor of the dinner. From left are Todd Bender, Mike Shaw, Nancy Fitzgerald, Dan Hennessey, Bob Wright, Tom Hollenbach, and Daniel Reigh.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems was a Gold Sponsor of the dinner. From left are Todd Bender, Mike Shaw, Nancy Fitzgerald, Dan Hennessey, Bob Wright, Tom Hollenbach, and Daniel Reigh.

 

 

(from left) Sherman Lo, Stanford; Dennis Akos, U. Colorado/CSR; Mikel Miller, U.S. Air Force, ION president.

(from left) Sherman Lo, Stanford; Dennis Akos, U. Colorado/CSR; Mikel Miller, U.S. Air Force, ION president.

(from left) Tomoya Shibata, Copla Corp.; Hiroshi Nishiguchi, Japan GPS Council; John Wilde, DW International.

(from left) Tomoya Shibata, Copla Corp.; Hiroshi Nishiguchi, Japan GPS Council; John Wilde, DW International.

(from left) Carl Andren, ION; Donna Reay, Galileo Supervisory Authority; Hermann Ebner, European Commission, Galileo Unit.

(from left) Carl Andren, ION; Donna Reay, Galileo Supervisory Authority; Hermann Ebner, European Commission, Galileo Unit.

(from left) Attila Komjathy, JPL; Thomas Pany, iFen GmbH; Chaminda Basnyake, GM; Tom Nagle, GPS Wing.

(from left) Attila Komjathy, JPL; Thomas Pany, iFen GmbH; Chaminda Basnyake, GM; Tom Nagle, GPS Wing.

 

 

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