“We had leaders and team members working together, and I knew we could meet the challenge put before us.” — David Van Dusseldorp, American Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace engineer David Van Dusseldorp sat on an Iowa rooftop 42 years ago this week, eagerly adjusting the antenna until he received the world’s first signal for a global positioning system, better known today as GPS. This was accomplished using a six-foot-tall receiver station — but now you can hold your own global positioning “station” in the palm of your hand! GPS devices are an essential part of our everyday lives, tracking deliveries, animals, and everything in between. More than 30 GPS satellites are orbiting Earth at all times, sending current locations and real-time navigation information around the globe.