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  • GPS in Emergency Situations | Time and Navigation
    Navigation Stories Share Your Story What Do You Think Archived Poll GPS in Emergency Situations GPS data is combined with other technologies to locate 911 callers A recent report suggests it is not accurate enough for most emergencies and greater accuracy should be a priority Do you know someone who has had trouble getting help in an emergency because of difficulty determining their location YES 28 5 votes NO 72 13 votes Total votes 18 Commenting is closed 2 Comments Submitted by Wally Roberts on November 30 2013 10 40 am Forget the cell phone positioning Pop 100 or so for one of the highly portable GPS sets on the market They have long battery life and are very small and lightweight The remaining problem though is giving a 911 dispatcher your position in latitude longitude and having her understand it or being able to do anything with those coordinates Reply Submitted by Bill Finkelstein on November 20 2013 11 56 am We re avid cyclists A friend recently crashed on a backcountry road here in Sonoma County that s a great ride Pine Flat Rd Healdsburg CA The county 911 center had the cellphone GPS data but couldn t pinpoint the right road or location as it was not accurate enough Cellphones must be enhanced to include DGPS or WAAS capabilities Those capabilities also need to be enhanced to not eat battery power Regards Bill a retired Engineer Reply Return to Current Poll Spread the Word Post this poll to your favorite social media service Archived Polls Delivery by Drone GPS in Emergency Situations What is More Important Privacy or Convenience Do You Feel Secure with the Military in Charge of GPS Do You Worry about Being Tracked Would You Share the Road with Robots The Loss of Valuable

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  • What is More Important: Privacy or Convenience? | Time and Navigation
    Space Satellite Navigation Navigation for Everyone Timeline of Innovation Artifacts Learning Resources Multimedia Gallery Research Journal Visit the Exhibition Navigation for Everyone Meet a Professional Navigator Are You A Professional Navigator What Do You Think Take the Poll Personal Navigation Stories Share Your Story What Do You Think Archived Poll What is More Important Privacy or Convenience Many applications available on your Smartphone collect personal information about your movements internet search keywords and contact lists Is privacy more important than the convenience provided by location based services including GPS PRIVACY 83 19 votes CONVENIENCE 17 4 votes Total votes 23 Return to Current Poll Spread the Word Post this poll to your favorite social media service Archived Polls Delivery by Drone GPS in Emergency Situations What is More Important Privacy or Convenience Do You Feel Secure with the Military in Charge of GPS Do You Worry about Being Tracked Would You Share the Road with Robots The Loss of Valuable Skills HOW IT WORKS All comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use We value your privacy so your information will be handled according to Smithsonian s privacy policy Navigating at Sea Challenges of Sea Navigation

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  • Do You Feel Secure with the Military in Charge of GPS? | Time and Navigation
    Time and Navigation The untold story of getting from here to there Search form Search Navigating at Sea Navigating in the Air Navigating in Space Satellite Navigation Navigation for Everyone Timeline of Innovation Artifacts Learning Resources Multimedia Gallery Research Journal Visit the Exhibition Navigation for Everyone Meet a Professional Navigator Are You A Professional Navigator What Do You Think Take the Poll Personal Navigation Stories Share Your Story What Do You Think Archived Poll Do You Feel Secure with the Military in Charge of GPS The United States military created and administers GPS Does the military s involvement with this program make you feel more or less secure MORE SECURE 64 29 votes LESS SECURE 36 16 votes Total votes 45 Commenting is closed 1 Comments Submitted by BT on August 24 2013 1 19 am I still use the pre stone age technology called road maps Works for me PS I wonder how many crashes are caused by drivers concentrating on their GPS readouts instead of looking out the front as they are supposed to Reply Return to Current Poll Spread the Word Post this poll to your favorite social media service Archived Polls Delivery by Drone GPS in Emergency Situations What is More Important Privacy or Convenience Do You Feel Secure with the Military in Charge of GPS Do You Worry about Being Tracked Would You Share the Road with Robots The Loss of Valuable Skills HOW IT WORKS All comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use We value your privacy so your information will be handled according to Smithsonian s privacy policy Navigating at Sea Challenges of Sea Navigation Navigating Without a Clock The Longitude Problem The U S Goes to Sea Navigate at Sea Activity Navigating in the Air Challenges of

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  • Do You Worry about Being Tracked? | Time and Navigation
    on July 29 2013 12 30 am 1984 has arrived Big Brother is watching all the time this is yet another invasion of privacy Reply Submitted by John Nguyen on July 28 2013 1 19 pm People who say ask If you have nothing to hide why worry are missing the point I don t have a problem walking around my house in my underwear either but that doesn t mean I will open all the windows and invite everyone to look in Reply Submitted by Terry Mulcahy on July 28 2013 12 19 pm No I do not have any concerns but the information could be exploited in a dystopian future Reply Submitted by John Retired in FL on July 28 2013 11 07 am While I have nothing to hide I do not like that I can be monitored and or tracked by advertisers or data collectors just because they can Reply Submitted by Frederick Dalpay on July 28 2013 10 25 am GPS technology embedded in personal phones may be a violation to the Constitutional Right to Privacy The provisions of the first Ten Amendments of the U S Constitution Bill of Rights specify inalienable rights to the citizen Privacy Unlawful search and seizure Right to a speedy trial and other enumerations are presently jeopardized by default The Citizen may freely forfeit specific rights if they so choose however the Rule of Law protects the citizen from abusive practices Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution nor prohibited by it to the States are reserved to the States respectively or to the people http www archives gov exhibits

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  • Would You Share the Road with Robots? | Time and Navigation
    safer than most human drivers and will continue to improve Reply Submitted by Carl Franz on June 12 2013 8 46 pm I would share airspace with auto piloted aircraft on established routes with an accuracy that enabled closer proximity that allows additional aircraft to co exist within identical established routes But I wouldn t eliminate the pilots ability to correct an anomaly Possible utilization for automobiles within controlled areas that improved traffic flow and density on interstates or commuter routes might be a first step Reply Submitted by Brenda on June 5 2013 8 54 pm Autonomous cars will also make it possible for people with disabilities to be more independent People who are unable to drive a car would not be dependent on others to take them where they need to go Reply Submitted by Gary Robinette on June 5 2013 10 04 am They probably are more attentive to the road at driving than most humans are At least they won t be texting and driving Reply Submitted by Ian on June 5 2013 9 37 am Sensor systems are not reliable and durable enough Additionally the complexity of a system that continuously validates sensor functionality would require M D level technicians Also these systems need to behave as a driver in a safe and acceptable manner in failure modes i e Go behind a hill the GPS looses one satellite and the car stops because it can t tell where it is until another satellite comes into view Or will the car just stop and ask for directions Or just keep driving until a satellite pops into view again We will be replacing fallible drivers with fallible autonomous systems A cost benefit analysis will show that autonomous vehicles will be an extremely large net negative on the economy and on peoples understanding of personal responsibility in society Reply Submitted by tom brown on June 2 2013 10 52 am I share the road with far more dangerous drivers now Almost all accidents are caused by drivers not paying attention Computers don t know how to not pay attention Reply Submitted by Sarah Corrice on June 2 2013 10 51 am Yes I heartily welcome self driving vehicles but who would I yell at when they cut me off I m amused by the mental image of a guy reading a paper behind the wheel of an automated car responding to my angry honk with a shrug and Hey it s not me It s the car Reply Submitted by Terry Mulcahy on June 2 2013 10 43 am Car take me to Sunnyside Mall Yes I like the idea of an autonomous car very convenient and no doubt very safe too Reply Submitted by Roberto Mario Gonzalez Jr on June 2 2013 10 33 am In my opinion driving is dependent on the other drivers reaction time in any given situation If the autonomous vehicles have split second reaction times then there shouldn t be a

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  • The Loss of Valuable Skills | Time and Navigation
    who did the first instruments free circumnavigation an event that has NEVER received its due recognition Reply Submitted by Doug Drumheller on May 7 2013 1 14 pm When I gave a talk to the instructors of marine navigation at US Naval Academy at Annapolis I discovered that some of them did not understand the connection between time and longitude That s scary Reply Submitted by Maggie on May 1 2013 11 41 am GPS devices can get broken or lost then you have to go back to a paper map Reading maps can be difficult for some people It s too bad geography is no longer taught in school It would help explain to people their relationship to their locale why we cannot be an isolationistic society Reply Submitted by H C J Hiensch on April 28 2013 1 01 pm Pretty soon no one will know what 2 2 equals I use GPS all the time on board our sailboat it keeps me off the reefs But I never sail without paper charts and every so often I plot my position using dead reckoning and other old fashioned tools like a pencil Sooner or later any electronic device will fail Reply Submitted by Ray Puff on April 24 2013 6 14 pm GPS is an amazing tool but there is never a reason not to have maps charts available GPS can fail for many reasons and the old fashion methods are tried and true We should never loose those skills Reply Submitted by Frank Van Cleve on April 19 2013 8 51 pm I spent a couple thousand hours out of Midway Island on the Pacific Barrier We used a sextant and Loran charts that were stamped THEORETICAL COVERAGE NOT FOR NAVIGATION When using stars for navigation the best you could do on a clear nite was find where you were fifteen minutes ago Flying at something over 200 mph thats some 50 miles ago We sure would have welcomed a GPS unit I was known as All over the Ocean Van Cleve Reply Submitted by Monica on April 19 2013 5 07 pm While GPS will give a precise location we do not learn as much about the areas surrounding our travels and their locations relative to each other Learning about neighbors and their neighborhoods is left by the wayside when the maps are surrendered Reply Submitted by Steve on April 15 2013 9 45 am As a pilot navigation is key and although we use GPS more than most personally I never go out without having a well planned backup and all pilots expect that during a flight test if they show reliance on the devices the pilot examiner will turn them off and say Uh Oh your batteries just died now what are you going to do You better have a good answer Reply Submitted by Anonymous on April 14 2013 9 43 pm Batteries die signals fade electronics are very fussy when it comes

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  • First Solo Cross Country | Time and Navigation
    a the local community college I was fascinated by navigation I realized that once I left the ground there would not be any street signs Navigation had to be high on the list of new skills I needed to learn At the time VOR technology was ubiquitous and to my novice eye seemed a little complicated At the time Microsoft Flight Simulator was available Despite graphics which today seem very primitive the VOR simulation was quite good I used to understand and practice the basics of VOR navigation The study paid off when my instructor signed off on my first solo cross country It was a modest flight from MCAS Quantico to Charlotesville But I have to say it was pretty cool to look down and see CHO runway 03 right where it was supposed to be Tag Your Story Air Other Join the Conversation Post new comment Your name Comment More information about text formats Plain text No HTML tags allowed Web page addresses and e mail addresses turn into links automatically Lines and paragraphs break automatically By submitting this form you agree to Smithsonian privacy policy and terms of use as well as Mollom privacy policy 1 Comments Submitted by Forrest M on February 25 2014 5 56 pm And only shortly thereafter he took me on my first flight as a surprise birthday present in 2nd grade Reply Thank you for sharing your story All stories and comments will be moderated to ensure they meet Smithsonian terms of use Please check back to see if your story is posted Follow us on your favorite social network look for airandspace and share your story using TimeNav If you visit the exhibition in person you can check in on Foursquare and earn your Navigator badge Share your navigation story

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  • The Joy of Practicing Celestial Navigation | Time and Navigation
    me if I knew how to navigate and I said I think so So off we went arriving in Japan about two weeks later So with great joy I was able to return to my ROTC Navigation instructors the next semester and tell them how fortuitous it was that I took the class because it immediately became incredibly important I still enjoy sailing and for extended trips still take the sextant along to keep up the traditional skills There is just something tremendously satisfying about measuring the height of celestial bodies and with a good time piece calculating being able to plot a pretty accurate position on a chart Tag Your Story Sea Join the Conversation Post new comment Your name Comment More information about text formats Plain text No HTML tags allowed Web page addresses and e mail addresses turn into links automatically Lines and paragraphs break automatically By submitting this form you agree to Smithsonian privacy policy and terms of use as well as Mollom privacy policy 1 Comments Submitted by Mr Dalpay on August 5 2013 8 49 am Position yourself with your head pointed East and your right hand pointed North The night sky will witness the Milky Way roll by as if in slow motion After one year the view includes thirteen Lunar sightings each shifting from Full to waning then New Nude to waxing Each Moon services a new Constellation In that first year the viewer will recognize a preference for choosing the Pole Star in the northern hemisphere View of the Southern hemisphere requires sighting the Southern Cross Various assumption about the Moon will affirm a greater understanding of the mechanics of the Universe at large Numeric systems take on a higher purpose Worth of mention is the greater appreciation of rain sleet

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