Alan Cameron, Author at Inside GNSS - Global Navigation Satellite Systems Engineering, Policy, and Design

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December 29, 2020
Top Twelve GNSS Technology Stories of 2020

Here, in no particular order save vaguely chronological, are the editor’s picks for Top Twelve GNSS and PNT Tech Stories of 2020: those…

By Alan Cameron


December 28, 2020
New FAA Rule for UAVs Creates Significant GNSS Market

The Federal Aviation Administration has released its final Remote Identification (RID) Rule for unmanned aircraft (UA). While GPS/GNSS has been used to advantage…

By Alan Cameron


December 3, 2020
The Time and the Place: Dawn

By astral definition, every dawn is new. In the human condition, we see its possibility, its growing brightness bringing hope. Or, in our…

By Alan Cameron


September 24, 2020
The Time and the Place: Threats From Within

It has become fashionable of late in U.S. government circles to undermine the U.S. defense forces. The General Accounting Office (GAO), the Federal…

By Alan Cameron


July 28, 2020
The Time and the Place: The Long View

When we find ourselves in times of trouble, it can help to take the long view. Pull back, zoom out, range free. Consider…

By Alan Cameron


May 31, 2020
Javad Ashjaee, 1949-2020

A great man has left us, left the international GNSS community. Dr. Javad Ashjaee passed away in Moscow on May 30 from the…

By Alan Cameron


May 19, 2020
Knives Out

The Federal Communications Commission should really consider updating its motto. “Firm, fast, flexible, and fair” has a bit of an old-fashioned ring. As…

By Alan Cameron


April 16, 2020
I Went Down to the Crossroads

We stand at an existential crossroads while someone else decides our future. I don’t mean the choice of direction, currently roiling the front…

By Alan Cameron


April 9, 2020
Hidden Siblings of the GNSS

GPS keeps a digital twin sequestered in El Segundo, California. Galileo has an Earth-bound space vehicle in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, straining at its…

By Alan Cameron


March 20, 2020
When Truth Matters. Absolutely.

One may well ask, when doesn’t it? That aside, some controversy has arisen in the world of competitive running, and self-competitive running as…

By Alan Cameron


February 14, 2020
Scottish Rocket Site Planned; Could It Launch British GNSS?

Plans have been submitted for a rocket launch site in the north of Scotland that could boost communications satellites into orbit in two…

By Alan Cameron


January 22, 2020
Time Is Relative, Position Absolute

I strode into the plenary session of the ION International Technical Meeting, primed and ready for a barrage of modernity, of out-in-front advances…

By Alan Cameron


November 26, 2019
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Future

Very occasionally, history repeats itself, in oddly nuanced ways. I stand today at such a juncture. Nineteen years ago Glen Gibbons, the founder…

By Alan Cameron


May 16, 2010
Aviation Applications

The emergence of global navigation satellite systems, combined with the evolution of GPS, introduces new possibilities for the use of GNSS in aviation….

By Alan Cameron


April 26, 2010
GNSS Hotspots | April 2010

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859 1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman…

By Alan Cameron