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|Author||Topic: Quantum Compass|
posted 05-14-2014 08:03 PM ET (US)
Interesting article [about a device called a Quantum Compass, which might offer an alternative to GPS position finding in about 20-years if further development is made, is found at]
posted 05-15-2014 10:34 AM ET (US)
Although I would hate not to have my GPS, I've been boating long enough to know how to do without it. In the event of a serious war GPS would be one of the first casualties.
posted 05-15-2014 04:48 PM ET (US)
A little over a decade ago, one beautiful fall day I was flying with a friend. Shooting some photos for my work and for a friend who sells commercial real estate.
We were orbiting about 10 miles from the airport, at the north end of town when the airport manager called, asking our location. I gave our position. She then asked when were we returning. I replied "In a bit"....
Five minutes pass, again she asks us when we are returning. Again, I replied "In a bit" (keep in mind that an airport manager is not a controlling agency. They have some leeway close to their airport, not 10 miles from them). The friend who was flying during the photo shoot radioed "Heather, what's up?" She replied that the feds had closed the airspace.
I radioed back that "We'll get there when we get there", and looked at the GPS, pointed out to Mark that it was getting a good signal and joked about at least there were nothing inbound from Russia, knowing that NORAD can shutdown the GPS sats in a matter of seconds.
We landed, shoved the plane back into the hanger and went over to the airport offices. She and her assistant were in tears.
It was September, 11th....
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