With the launch of the Delta IV rocket on May 27 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station the first satellite (space vehicle number 62 or SVN62) of the latest GPS generation Block IIF (F, for “follow-on”) was carried into earth orbit — a major step with roots in the past.
Eight years ago in August 2002 the United States decided in coordination with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-R) to transmit a new civil signal on a third frequency known as L5.By Inside GNSS
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√ IEEE Spectrum blogger Mark Spezio attached a GPS logger to his wandering cat, whose complex journeys centered on a mouse-hunting paradise: Nassau County Storm Water Basin Storage Area. The cat was amazed to see Mark show up at his secret hideaway.
See cat and maps hereBy Inside GNSS
Only a decade ago, but a world away: 2000.
The last year of the old century that everyone thought was the first of the new.
When flying was still a delight, rather than a worrisome bother.
When the expected — a global Y2K bug–bitten IT meltdown — didn’t happen, and the much-anticipated but still-unexpected did: the United States turned off GPS selective availability.By Inside GNSS