Before There Was GPS — Part 2

Before There Was GPS. (Last Updated 11 October, 2017) Recently I published Before There Was GPS — Part 1 but I found so many neat devices, even long before the Etak in 1985.  Nearly 80 years earlier, really. There’s really nothing new under the sun. The First High Tech Car Navigation in 1909 (full article at: The First GPS: High-Tech Navigation in 1909)   Pity the motorists of a century ago.     Automobiles in the 1900s were slow, stiff, and undependable.  

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Before There Was GPS — Part 1

Before There Was GPS. (Last updated 9 October, 2017) Recently I came across this article about a fellow name of Stan Honey who who discussed his life and career during his keynote speech at the recent ION GNSS+ 2017 plenary. The ION (Institute of Navigation) GNSS+ is the world’s largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS technology, products and services. And Stan Honey was a founding father of a company called Etak. (unlike today’s common practice of naming companies after sophisticated acronyms to

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Will The Solar Eclipse Disrupt GPS Signals?

Will The Solar Eclipse Disrupt GPS Signals? (Last updated 14 August, 2017) A few days ago on Facebook I promised a post on the subject.  Since then I’ve been following news on the “Eclipse To Come” and the possible effects on GPS service and I’ve found quite a few “scare” headlines and sensationalist headline writers at work. Bottom Line on the Solar Eclipse and GPS (since many of you have no time to read) There is going to be little

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Just How Good is Tesla’s GPS Tracking?

Just How Good is Tesla’s GPS Tracking? I’ve written about this subject many, many times before … example here: GPS Tracking Can’t Find Flight 477 — and Why But I Don’t Think I Have Mentioned Tesla Yet Tesla automobiles are really a techno-nerds delight.  There seems to be no end of the features packed into their sophisticated operating system. (Tesla OS) And since the Tesla OS relies heavily on the GPS it’ no secret that one of the many appealing features if

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Immediate Danger Averted, But Fuzzy Frequency Thinking Abounds

Avweb Comes through with the best update I have seen on the GPS/LightSquared mess … Thanks, Guys: LightSquared Update Recent tests have shown that LightSquared’s proposed grid of 40,000 wireless network ground stations could interfere with GPS signals, and now the FCC has granted LightSquared a two-week extension to file a report on its position. LightSquared’s report was originally due Wednesday, the same day the FCC granted the extension. LightSquared spokesman Jim Carlisle said Tuesday that the company underestimated the

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GPS Tracking Can’t Find Flight 477 — and Why

Few have escaped hearing the tragic story of how Air France flight 477 disappeared in to Atlantic a thousand miles or so east of Brazil on a flight to Paris.  The Brazilian military and other organizations are putting in near-heroic and not unfruitful efforts in find the remains of the passengers and plane, but as in all such tragedies their efforts seem to take too long and produce too little in the way of answers. I’ve noticed in the past

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