Brad Parkinson to Discuss GPS at Smithsonian Event

March 19, 2013  - By
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Dr. Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University will discuss “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21.

The 8 p.m. ET lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,  follows a 7:15 p.m. viewing of the Imax film Space Junk 3D and commentary on the museum’s new exhibit Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There.

In the 1970s, Parkinson was the chief architect and original program director for GPS. In his lecture, he will present the history, applications, and future of GPS and the GNSS. Central to operation of GPS is the relationship between time and navigation, and GPS will be explored in the Time and Navigation exhibit.

The Smithsonian Time and Navigation exhibit opens April 12. Don Jewell, GPS World’s contributing editor for Defense, discusses the exhibit in his February column.

The lecture will be available via webcast and is expected to be available for viewing afterwards. For more information, visit the museum website.