ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (September 19, 2016) – Did you know, the oldest form of navigation is the human navigation system? Pilotage, its technical term, is the process of using fixed points to navigate from Point A to Point B. We use pilotage techniques every day; when driving to work, finding our way through the grocery store, or going for a run in our neighborhood. It is the foundation of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).
If you had the benefit of sitting in Dr. Ray Filler’s PNT Overview class earlier this month, chances are you learned about pilotage in addition to inertial navigation, signal acquisition, integrated navigation systems, and much more. On September 14-15, the Direct Reporting Program Manager Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PM PNT) hosted a two-day course on PNT. Dr. Filler, from Pennsylvania State University, visited the Aberdeen Proving Ground to teach an overview on PNT technologies to over 30 PNT staff. Topics ranged from basic terminology and performance characteristics of navigation sensors to understanding global navigation satellite system functions and the evaluation of frequency sources, accelerometers, and gyroscopes.
The PNT course was well received by participants. Many felt the class provided good information for those who want to know more about the broader spectrum of PNT. This was especially helpful for those working on the different programs within the organization. PM PNT plans to host more PNT classes in the future, opening it up to interested participants outside the organization.
Questions regarding the next PNT Overview course can be sent to Mary Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.