Thu, 25 Feb | Zoom webinar

Thank you Mr Einstein, A journey through the early days of GPS.

Neil Ackroyd is a world expert on GPS and formerly was at the Ordnance Survey
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Thank you Mr Einstein, A journey through the early days of GPS.

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25 Feb, 19:30
Zoom webinar

About the Event

The talk will cover the early and often challenging days of GPS, a system now taken for granted but essential to our modern world . It will look at how the satellites proved once and for all the theories of general and special relativity and cover some oddities and interesting but true early examples of its use both then and now.

Neil Ackroyd has worked with GPS and GNSS technologies since 1983 and will cover not just the technology but his personal experiences of using the system with photographs from his archive .  In his time  he experienced many firsts with GPS, being the first civilian to fly over the pole with the system, developed the first precision farming and machine control systems  and  undertook the first GPS surveys in China in the mid 1980’s Neil was the Chief Operating Office for Ordnance  Survey responsible for mapping GB from 2001 to 2019 , and also acted as Director General for nearly three years over two secondments. He was also the co-author of one of the first published books on GPS in navigation  in 1990.

 

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