Lead Line — February 2001
By Richard Thiel
Lost Never again
|Soon GPS will give the bearing to McDonald’s.|
February 22, 1978, an Atlas F rocket hurled a 992-pound satellite named
Navistar I into space, starting a process that would have a greater impact
on pleasureboating than anything since the invention of the screw. The
payload, whose official title was Navigational Development Satellite I,
represented the first step in creating the Global Position System (GPS)—six
groups of four satellites—designed to tell a select group of people
with access to a special receiver where in the world they were.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.