March 30, 1996 |
The Clinton administration announced a new policy Friday that will dramatically expand civilian use of a military-run, high-tech satellite navigation system--and possibly create tens of thousands of jobs in California. The new rules governing use of the 24-satellite Global Positioning System will allow motorists, airline pilots, hikers, boaters and others to pinpoint their location using a handheld receiver.
March 25, 1996 |
Golf is a game of rituals, and few are more sacred or idiosyncratic than the methods players use to line up a shot. Some toss blades of grass into the air to check the wind. Others focus on a twig or a leaf in front of the ball to align themselves with the flag. Then there are those who consult the computer screen in their cart for coordinates calculated by triangulating signals from global positioning satellites floating 11,000 miles above the earth's surface.
February 1, 1996 |
What began as an obscure military satellite system to help American troops navigate around the world is now so essential to the U.S. economy that the federal government must continue to provide financial support, according to a Rand Corp. study released Wednesday. Airlines, computer users on the Internet and the auto industry are increasingly dependent on the system, overshadowing the military applications that originally formed the basis for building the 24-satellite system, Rand said.
March 6, 1995 |
In the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 1, 1983, Korean Air Lines transpacific Flight 007 strayed off course and deep into Soviet airspace over Sakhalin Island. A Soviet fighter pilot, apparently unable to see that the airplane was a commercial one, fired a single missile. The Boeing 747 went down and all 269 people aboard died in one of the Cold War's worst tragedies.
May 4, 1994
CUE Network Corp. said it has agreed to form a joint venture company to provide international paging and global positioning services in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia. Other countries to be served by the new company, CUE Southeast Asia Partnership Ltd., include Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. CUE's partner, a unit of a the Singapore trade union group National Trades Union Congress, operates that nation's first private radio station.
May 1, 1994 |
The Pentagon is awash in obsolete nuclear bombs, mothballed battleships and surplus military bases, but out of the scrap heaps left by the Cold War has come a technology with a promising payoff. When the Defense Department laid plans in the 1970s for its Global Positioning System, a network of 24 satellites that broadcasts navigation signals to users on Earth, it was intended to help soldiers fight anywhere, from jungles to deserts.
February 7, 1994 |
Andrea Donnellan kneels on the barren crest of Oat Mountain and, with her Powerbook computer coupled to a tiny satellite receiver, pinpoints the shards of Southern California's broken landscape with an unsettling accuracy. It is as she suspected. The 3,477-foot-tall mountain, heaving upward since the moment of the 6.6 Northridge earthquake last month, has grown another inch since she last checked. "This is mountain-building in progress," she said.
November 30, 1993 |
The corporate jet flew a curved, swooping approach route and settled down comfortably a few feet above Ontario International Airport's Runway 8 Left. "Nothing to it," the pilot, Dave Maahs, said with a satisfied chuckle. It looked as though Maahs had just made a complex, well-executed landing approach--ending up no more than three feet to the right of the runway center line--at one of Southern California's major commercial airports.
November 24, 1992 |
Last summer, participants in an around-the-world air race flew across the former Soviet Union, providing a dramatic illustration of the newfound freedom of the skies in a region where foreign planes were once shot down. But the pioneering course they charted reflected more than the collapse of communism: It heralded the advent of a satellite navigation technology initially developed by the United States for Cold War military missions.