US Marines test single use gliders made of plywood

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The US military has built and tested a range of ultra-lightweight gliders made of plywood. They are designed to be released from a conventional aircraft at 25,000ft and can be used to drop as much as 1,800 pounds of cargo to US troops. California-based Logistic Gliders says it would be able to move goods up to 70 miles away. GPS allows the gliders to navigate autonomously and their wings fold out and in automatically. It drops to the ground via a parachute and a reinforced honeycomb cardboard nose prevents damage on landing.


Satnavs and power grids could go haywire due to a 'GPS rollover' bug this weekend

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Satnavs and other devices relying on GPS technology may go haywire this weekend, scientists have warned. Motorists, sailors and pilots using GPS technology could all be affected on Saturday at 1am GMT - with the risk greatest with older models of satnav. But GPS is also used in many other applications, including the electricity grid, which could also be hit, experts warned. Satnavs and other devices relying on GPS technology may go haywire this weekend, scientists have warned. The warning has been issued by the National Physical Laboratory in the UK as well as satnav makers TomTom and Garmin.


You can now make DJ Khaled can now be the voice of your Sat Nav

Daily Mail - Science & tech

DJ Khaled is becoming the new voice of popular navigation app, Waze. The collaboration will see the artist behind direct people via the voice navigation system from today until the end of June. Mr Khaled will guide drivers with phrases from his new music album Father of Asahd, such as'Stay focused', 'Don't play yourself' and'The top's off the Maybach!' DJ Khaled (pictured) is becoming new voice of Waze, the sat-nav app has announced. Crowdsourced sat-nav app Waze and global music streaming service Deezer, partnered to bring users the unusual feature. DJ Khaled is the newest celebrity navigation voice and joins a list which includes Morgan Freeman, C-3PO and Kevin Hart as the GPS voices.


Victim of its own success: Pioneer GPS inventor laments the lost art of map reading

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The inventor of GPS has lamented that people are unable to read maps because they are now'too dependent' on using their smartphones or sat-nav devices. Bradford Parkinson, the pioneer inventor of the navigation system relied upon by billions of people, said that he'worries' about what impact its failure could have. Professor Parkinson received the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in London last night for his key role in developing the Global Positioning System or GPS, along with the rest of his team: Professor James Spilker, Jr, Hugo Fruehauf, and Richard Schwartz. They originally began working on the system in the 1970s as a military project but were unaware of the revolutionary impact it would have on wider society. GPS signal is made by a network of around 30 spacecraft in orbit that transmit positional information and precise timing to receivers around the globe.


GPS inventors win prize for greatest engineering innovation

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The four inventors responsible for creating the first truly global positioning system (GPS), have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, viewed as the world's most prestigious prize for engineering excellence. Previous winners have included Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen, who revolutionised the way we communicate. Professor Spiker: "Finding and celebrating technology that can truly benefit humanity in addressing global concerns is amazing." This year's winners -- Dr Bradford Parkinson, Professor James Spilker, Jr, Hugo Fruehauf, and Richard Schwartz -- were announced at a ceremony in London. In awarding the prize, the judges pointed to the way that the GPS system has revolutionised international communications and, for the first time, enabled free, immediate access to accurate position and timing information around the world.