It was announced this week that the £1m QE Engineering Prize had been won by four individuals who pioneered the creation of The American Global Positioning System (GPS). Below, we republish a 2011 report by Paul Kendall who was given rare and exclusive access to the United States Air Force unit that operates the satellite system At 23 years-old, Joshua Williams seems a little young to be in charge of the Global Positioning System. Three years ago, it was still illegal for him to buy a drink. Two years before that, he was back home in Virginia learning to drive. And yet today he’s responsible for a constellation of 35 satellites, each one of them worth upwards of £40million and vital for the safe passage of billions of people, in cars, ships and aeroplanes all over the world. Williams’s official title is payload system operator. It’s his job to monitor the signals from each of the satellites and a network of 16 tracking stations around the world and provide a constant supply of timing corrections to ensure the system is perfectly synchronised. But his boss, Jennifer Grant, commander of the 2d Space Operations Squadron, the United States Air Force unit that operates… Read full this story
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