My experience with GPS is a fascinating one. I spent many man-years helping in the development of GPS https://itsabouttimebook.com/my-involvement-with-gps-development/ – working with Brad Parkinson, who I consider to be the father of GPS. He was both a colonel in the Air Force, but also got his Ph.D. at Stanford University graduating in 1966, with a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Colonel Parkinson and his Air Force blue suiters came to our seminars in Boulder, CO, to learn how to best use atomic clocks. Atomic clocks are the heart of GPS. The signals from the satellite constellation need to be synchronized to about a billionth of a second (a nanosecond) for GPS to meet its navigation goals. In 2018 Brad received the IEEE Medal of Honor Award for his leadership in developing GPS. I congratulated him at the time and offered him a copy of my book. He said he already had a copy.
When I published by book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com in 2014, part of it was a special letter to the GPS Headquarters folks suggesting four things that could help improve the system. Ironically, I heard nothing back from them until last week (six years later).
This recent interaction with them occurred because of a series of events in which the IEEE’s previous president, John Vig, recently nominated me to be an IEEE Fellow, and I needed five people to be part of the nomination process. I asked Brad, and he agreed to do so. This opened up an e-mail dialog coming back to my letter of six years ago. They have a GPS Phase III planning meeting coming up and will consider what I have shared. It will be interesting to see where it goes.
I love how the Lord is in the details of our lives, and He sees the end from the beginning. Because of His infinite love, He orchestrates events to best help us find our way back to Him and helping us better live our lives and how to serve – never violating our free choice (agency). He sees us from pre-mortal to where we can go in eternal realms of glory, and lovingly wants the best for us. I see this GPS interaction event as just another means leading me to better ways to share His glorious gospel message.
The IEEE is the biggest technology institution, and has the largest scientific papers data base. As our really good friend, BYU Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Chauncey Riddle, taught me, technology has advanced society further along than has science – though most scientists would have you believe otherwise. GPS, cell phones and the internet are three great examples of technology advancement. With over 400 thousand members in 120 different countries, and with its 41 different societies the IEEE is the greatest organization on the planet for promoting technology. I was pleased that Dr. Donley, representing the IEEE/UFFC, came to our home in November 2018 and spent two days recording my ORAL HISTORY, which they put up on their web site, and gave me opportunity to share my testimony.
This Is My Joy
In those six years, I have overcome some major health challenges: quadruple by-pass open heart surgery, three strokes, serious blood clots in my legs and lungs. But in that time, I have enjoyed miraculous healings and learned some extremely important lessons from the Lord about who I am and how I can best serve His children. “This is my joy.” (Alma 26:37; 29:9) Indeed, these challenges have been a “trial of my faith,” (Ether 12:6-7) but it is in that process we grow closer to Him. As we use our time and talents with an eye single to His glory, joy will come to our souls. The above is case in point for me. And know that the Lord’s healings in my life have me back on my mountain bike, and I rode to the Post several times last week in the snow!
We live in the most exciting time in history. GPS will continue to improve its timing, navigation and position accuracy, but know there is a better navigator and that is the Lord. We may not know in detail what the future holds, but we know who holds the future, and to be in step with Him is the greatest opportunity of our existence. We know a Zion (the pure in heart) society is coming that the Bride may meet the Bridegroom in great rejoicing, and the exciting thing is we can be part of it if we will truly come unto Him. He will navigate us HOME!
David W Allan