Modern Navigation

Thomas Herring, MIT

This course looks at the evolution of navigation methods with concentration on the developments and applications of the Global Positioning System (GPS). The development of the Global Positioning System (GPS) started in the 1960s, and the system became operational in 1992. The system has seen many diverse applications develop in the last few years with the accuracy of positioning ranging from a few meters (after May 2000, 100 meters prior to that) to 1 millimeter (without the need for a security clearance!) In this course we will apply many of basic principles of science and mathematics learnt at MIT to explore the applications and principles of GPS. We also use GPS and other equipment in the class (and outside on Campus) to demonstrate the uses of this system.

Publication date: 
September, 2011