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GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones
GPS Declassified examines the development of GPS from its secret, Cold War military roots to its emergence as a worldwide consumer industry. Drawing on previously unexplored documents, Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier examine how military rivalries influenced the creation of GPS and shaped public perceptions about its origin. Since the United States’ first program to ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Potomac Books
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Oct 25, 2013 James Henderson rated it it was amazing
Where were you in 1958? I was in grade school in a small town in southern Wisconsin but elsewhere things were popping in the world of space science. Russia had sent Sputnik into orbit the previous October and scientists in the United States, in secret in the Armed Services, were working on a response. Part of that response led to the development of what was to become known simply as "GPS" in the vernacular of practically everyone on the planet. I know that this avid reader of science fiction, wh ...more
Not sure the reason but I became interested in GPS. Lots of the early information about rockets and satellite I remember. In a section about smart bombs in Vietnam the DC-3 is mentioned and is identified as the Boeing DC-3. The "DC" stands for Douglas Commercial and they were manufactured at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica. Boeing purchased Douglas many years later. ...more
Excellent work for serious students of technical history. The footnotes and bibliography on primary sources for each statement of fact is exceptional. Richard's access to his father Roger Easton's archive gives further credence to the authenticity of the narrative. ...more