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Richard Easton
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posted 07-15-2013 03:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones
by Richard D. Easton and Eric F. Frazier
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, the authors examine how military rivalries influenced the creation of GPS and shaped public perceptions about its origin. Since the United States’ first program to launch a satellite in the late 1950s, the nation has pursued dual paths into space — one military and secret, the other scientific and public. Among the many commercial spinoffs this approach has produced, GPS arguably boasts the greatest impact on our daily lives.

Told by the son of a navy insider — whose work helped lay the foundations for the system — and a science and technology journalist, the story chronicles the research and technological advances required for the development of GPS. The authors peek behind the scenes at pivotal events in GPS history. They note how the technology moved from the laboratory to the battlefield to the dashboard and the smartphone, and they raise the specter of how this technology and its surrounding industry affect public policy. Insights into how the system works and how it fits into a long history of advances in navigation tie into discussions of the myriad applications for GPS.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (October 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1612344089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612344089

Richard Easton
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posted 10-11-2013 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is now available. We got a positive review in the New York Review of Books.
Written in a clear and lively style GPS Declassified provides readers with GPS development history including personal recollections from leading developers... As an introduction to GPS, its history, uses, issues and concerns GPS Declassified can’t be beat.
Eric and I will be appearing on The Space Show on 11/3.

Richard Easton
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posted 11-06-2013 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Easton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Eric and I appeared on The Space Show on Nov. 3.

Our book was reviewed this week.

I will be doing a book talk and signing on Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Round Table Books, 572 Lincoln Ave., Winnekta, Illinois.

I would love to meet cS people from the Chicago area.

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