Institute of Navigation talk

Mike O'Dell mo at
Fri Aug 10 10:53:15 CDT 2007

APRS junkies should consider joining ION
as well as attend this talk.


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Subject: REMINDER: ION DC Section Meeting - Wednesday, August 15th

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ION DC Section Meeting Announcement

"How Do GPS Satellites die...."
Presented by Mr. Frank Czopek, The Boeing Company, Program Manager =20
for GPS Program Block II/IIA

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Building 56, U.S. Naval Observatory, Massachusetts Avenue, =20
Washington, DC

Cover Charge: $20 per person. Students will have no cover charge.

Registration Deadline: RSVP by COB on Monday, August 13, 2007.  =20
Please provide an email address to the ION National Office when =20

Security Note: The meeting is open to all.  You need to register with =20
the ION National Office in advance of the meeting.  International =20
guests need to provide their nationality when registering.

6:00 - 7:00 Happy Hour
7:00 - 7:15 Section Business Meeting
7:15 - 8:00 Speaker

Lecture Information:
Originally the Block II/IIA GPS satellites were designed to last 6 =20
years and all but a few have surpassed that mark with ease.
How long will they last?   The GPS program has been working on this =20
question for nearly 10 years.
In this time, an analytical statistical approach has been developed =20
to address this issue.  This approach has been
possible due to the size of GPS satellites.  The talk will review the =20
history of the model and how random events
can be modeled.  Also how the model has stood up to challenges and =20
finally discuss the impact of the model
to various communities (Technical, Military, Civil, Budget and Policy).

Frank has been with the GPS program 23 years and is currently the =20
Program Manager for the
GPS BLK II/IIA support contract.  Frank has been the Responsible =20
engineer for both the NAV and
L-Band payloads.  He holds a BSME from Michigan Technological =20
University and a MSSAE from
University of Southern California.

Please use the South Gate when entering the USNO grounds.  Refer to =20
the map of the USNO,
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