Global Positioning System

A few of our key pages (most recent first):

  1. Help Vladimir Putin to understand systems to get on path and in position (February 2022)
  2. The most-simple GPS numbers are the most simple addresses on earth.
  3. The Russian Goldmine in the Ural Mountains up to Siberia
  4. GPS-Russia
  5. Within the context of a universe view

By Bruce E. Camber
First posted: March 2009
First update: February 2012
Most recent update: 28 February 2022

Background: This page was introduced in March of 2009 and it will be expanded over the years.

Global Positioning redefines the value of “where I am.”

So, where are you? How do you know?  How is that important?

The Magic of Numbers: There is a certain magic within numbers. From childhood, part of our basic education is to learn to use the tools that use numbers — thermometers to measure our temperature – our health, rulers and measuring tapes to learn our height,  and scales to measure our weight. Then we learn more sophisticated tools that measure the other vitals of our bodies, automobiles, and homes. And then, we are forever learning how numbers apply to the value of goods and services. 

One of the most remarkable tools to be added to our vast array (yet this one started for use in airplanes), is the GPS, also known as a Global Positioning System.

GPS. Formally known as the Global Navigation Satellite System, the earliest version of the system was developed in the 1960s by the US Department of Defense (DOD) yet a functional system was not opened to the general public until 1993.

Thank you, Ronald Reagan. In 1983 he issued a directive that DOD’s system be made available for civilian use. That order was a direct result of a security report that was given to him on September 1 describing how and why the Korean Air Lines passenger jet, KAL Flight 007, had been shot down. If they had a GPS system on board, they would not have strayed off course, mistakenly flying into very secure Soviet airspace.

GPS is a science and a technology. It creates a new value system.

Though based on human conventions, it is an absolute system. With every passing day and greater use, the probabilities increase that the GPS coordinates will continue to remain the same — yesterday, today and tomorrow.  GPS technology transcends time and defines space uniquely. It is the intersection of the quantitative with the qualitative. We naturally impute meaning and value to numbers, i.e. the simpler the GPS number, the more valuable it is.

So what else can the GPS do and why is it important?