Host David Livingston recently hosted Richard Easton and Peter Wilhelm, retired director of the Naval Research Lab’s Naval Center for Space Technology, for a broad-ranging discussion about Wilhelm’s pioneering work with satellites and his involvement with the development of GPS.
Wilhelm was involved with several classified programs, and briefly discussed his work on the first spy satellite under a program called GRAB, that was recently declassified. He also talked about how his career led him to meet people like Werner Von Braun and Elon Musk.
Don’t miss this conversation with a true satellite pioneer.
As the 65th anniversary of the March 17, 1958, launch of Vanguard 1 approached, Richard reviewed its historical significance and connection to GPS on two well-followed podcasts — The Space Show and Space and Things.
Richard recently spoke with Astro Roadie of Total Space Network about the History of GPS. More than a podcast, this presentation is suitable for STEM students and offers a wealth of visual illustrations, including historical photos, vintage news footage, maps, graphs and computer animations.
Richard recently joined host Jim Malliard on his podcast, The Malliard Report, to discuss the history of GPS. In one hour, Richard touched on the most important topics across the sweep of GPS history, from the challenges during the early days of the space race to more current issues, such as tracking, jamming and spoofing.
Eric Frazier spoke with reporter Dan Boyce about the completion of the Chinese BeiDou system and what it means for GPS and for users of smartphones and other equipment designed to use BeiDou signal. Listen to Boyce’s report, The U.S. Dependence On GPS Has Created A New Vulnerability, which appeared February 16 on Morning Edition.
Richard Easton joined Karen Bellinger, host of the podcast series Working Over Time, to discuss the early days of satellites and the scientists and inventors, like Roger Easton, who paved the way for today’s world of GPS and GNSS systems. Listen here.
The History Hack podcast recently interviewed Richard, who spoke about his father’s role in the early space race and the creation of GPS. The discussion also touches on the controversy that remains over the so-called “Lonely Halls Meeting” in 1973, the year the Pentagon merged Navy and Air Force satellite navigation programs to create the dual-use system that today functions as a global public utility. Listen to the podcast here.
Richard Easton recently contributed a guest post for the Lidar News “In the Scan” blog. In his post, Richard reviews the history of GPS and highlights several common myths surrounding the technology, as well as widespread misinformation about its origin. Richard continues to pursue documentary evidence that will shed additional light on the early days of GPS.