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Is there a specific time period or GPS-related project (e.g. a particular Navy or Air Force research project) that you are interested in? If you can provide us with a little more information, we might be able to offer you more specific assistance.
When we conducted a general search of the National Archives Catalog (https://catalog.archives.gov/), we were able to find a few series and records that are broadly related to the history of GPS. Here are a some examples of what we found:
- "Design Reports of the Navy F-14 Aircraft Program, 5/5/1971 - 4/1/2003" https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7368249
- "Space Station" [speech] https://catalog.archives.gov/id/18511901
- "Reilly and video equipment used in a GPS demonstration" https://catalog.archives.gov/id/23125270
- "Soviet Military Capabilities and Intentions in Space" https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7327254
- "Historical Records, ca. 1944 - ca. 1945" https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5019100
Again, let us know if you can offer more details so that we might be able to assist you further. Best of luck with your ongoing research!
Thank a lot for your help,
I'm gone do my work more on the Navy and Air Force research project (the Timation and 621B) since it's would take me a life to work on each people who work on gps.
But my goal is to find the most person who work on the project to "honor" their participation in the project, because a lot aren't well know and in french article, we don't find those kind of informations.
The sites you propose will serve me well and I have since found other sources of information on the Navy governement site.
(sorry for my poor english)
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Camille Are you wanting to go all the way back to LORAN (Long Range Aid to Navigation)? If you are, take a look at this: https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=LORAN . There are a number of charts. Some records of the program in the 1940s in record group 227. Of course you, no doubt, know that LORAN was the foundation of an over-the-horizon navigation system.
For the sake of brevity we'll skip a bit. In the late 1950s, the United States Navy - in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) began a satellite navigation program called Navy Navigation Satellite System (NAVSAT or NSS). The satellites were called TRANSIT satellites and the first was Transit 1. This is a pretty neat picture of Transit 3B: USN 710863. You might find this work on the history of naval space programs helpful: From the Sea to the Stars.
The National Archives has these records on the NAVSAT program: https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=Navy%20Navigation%20Satellite%20System. You may also want to contact the Naval History and Heritage Command; that's where I found the "From Sea to the Stars" work listed above.
I'll also plug the records of the Clinton Presidential Library--though they have little to do with Navy personnel. The Clinton Administration released Presidential Decision Directive, National Science and Technology Council 6 (PDD/NSTC-6) on U.S. Global Position System Policy in 1995 which continued guaranteed civilian access to the GPS system. You can check that out here: Presidential Decision Directive, National Science and Technology Council 6 (PDD/NSTC-6) - Collection Finding Aid · Clint….
Best wishes with your research.
I may not go up to loran because it might overflow on the amount of work i have to give to my teacher but i will refer to it to show that it's begin before what I'm talking about. So thank for this information.
And thank for the other one that will serve me as well.
(sorry for my poor english)