Dave has been looking forward to this interview for a while now, as it gave him a chance to, as he put it, “do something on the order of the kind of interviews I did back just after the earth cooled, as an active duty historian.” So he sat down with Ricochet Member @RichardEaston who, along with co-author Eric F. Frazier, wrote, GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones. The resulting conversation traces the development of GPS from its genesis at the time of the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite, to its current capabilities and ubiquitous presence in so many facets of our lives. Dave describes the book as, “a highly readable, first-rate analysis — and I burned through two highlighters marking up memorable sections for the interview.” This interview leaves no stone unturned, as the gentlemen discuss everything from America’s response to the Sputnik launch to the Soviet downing of Korean Airlines Flight KE007, and the first use of GPS-guided munitions in actual combat. This is a veritable feast of information, and one that we think you’ll find immensely satisfying.

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There are 6 comments.

  1. Member

    Interesting interview, gentlemen.

    • #1
    • July 17, 2018, at 6:49 AM PDT
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  2. Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Interesting interview, gentlemen.

    Yes indeed.

    • #2
    • July 17, 2018, at 6:52 AM PDT
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  3. Member

    Thanks Dave for your excellent questions. Here’s Flopnik (Vanguard TV-3) at the National Air and Space Museum which my Dad carried on board a commercial airplane after the explosion on 12/6/57.

    • #3
    • July 17, 2018, at 6:56 AM PDT
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  4. Member

    Here I am with Vanguard 1, the oldest man made satellite still in orbit, shortly before its launch. I’m wearing the red coat. More details about the book are here.

    • #4
    • July 17, 2018, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  5. Contributor

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    Thanks Dave for your excellent questions. Here’s Flopnik (Vanguard TV-3) at the National Air and Space Museum which my Dad carried on board a commercial airplane after the explosion on 12/6/57.

    It was a singular pleasure and privilege to chat with you sir. The challenge was to cover as much ground as possible from your very interesting book,..but not make the coverage so broad as to lose all depth. I’d say it worked out well, due mainly to your encyclopedic knowledge and thorough answers. So thank you for a wonderful interview! I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation, and immensely enjoyed your book. 

    • #5
    • July 17, 2018, at 7:16 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  6. Coolidge

    Great interview! I can’t wait to check out the book.

    • #6
    • July 17, 2018, at 10:08 AM PDT
    • 2 likes