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Action Plans: Forum on the Future of Surveying

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series September 2016The second meeting of the Forum on the Future of Surveying produced a plan of action and strategy. Editor’s note: This column continues to provide monthly coverage of the national initiative, Forum on the Future of Surveying (FFOS). See the first installment in our...

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Advice for the Young Surveyor

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Field NotesA conversation with Muried Alvin (Al) Pepling, PLS From FN editor Scott P. Martin: Al’s advice and insight contains much wisdom that can be applied to almost any professional career, but especially ours. Reading this caused me to recollect on writing “What is a...

In the atomic clock laboratory with Dr. Villahermosa (left), the author (center), and Dr. James Camparo, Aerospace Fellow, Electronics and Photonics Laboratory (right)

Project Sextant

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series September 2016A unique research study from pioneers in the development of the GPS system yields a plan for a look into the future of PNT—improving resilience, options, flexibility, and availability. When something like GPS puts positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) in the hands (and pockets)...

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Following Familial Footsteps

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series September 2016Sometimes the most valuable and viable pool of recruits is sitting across from you at the dinner table. Some people have an affinity for surveying or a related field “in their blood,” and quite a few have it, literally, “in their bloodlines.” There are...

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Aerospace Corp’s Role in the Development of GPS

The origin of global navigation from space has roots going back more than a century. Scientists, authors, and visionaries from Tsiolokowsky, Oberth, Lev, Noordung, and Goddard to Arthur C. Clarke saw navigation as a potential benefit of space vehicles and satellites. In the 19th century, author and historian Edward Everett Hale’s “Brick Moons” were envisioned...

This is one of Aerospace's CubeSat-like nano satellites, ejected into space by the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis on the last Shuttle flight in 2011. Source: The Aerospace Corporation.

Aerospace Corporation

Chartered in 1960 during the peak of the space race, this independent, federally funded research and development center serves satellite and missile systems clients. Their government sponsor is the United States Air Force, more specifically the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), which includes the GPS directorate (SMC/GP, formerly the GPS Wing). The GPS Directorate...