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Scilab & ScicosLab – Open Source Math for the Plane Triangle

Scilab and ScicosLab are Open Source Math Programs that can be used in various engineering and scientific applications. In this post I look at how ScicosLab can be used to solve problems with the Plane Triangle. In Celestial Navigation, problems arise in solving the Plane Triangle and also the Spherical Triangle. Video ScicosLab for the […]

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Scilab & ScicosLab – Open Source Math for CelNav

Scilab and ScicosLab are Open Source Math Programs that can be used in various engineering and scientific applications. I use ScicosLab with the Modnum tool box in all my Telecommunications work, but both Scilab/ScicosLab can be used for all the mathematics involved in my CelNav EBook. The video below is a brief introduction of both […]

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Celestial Navigation – My Azimuth

When I was young I read constantly about adventure. I made models of airplanes and boats. I loved Nevil Shute and admired Sir Francis Chichester. My goal was to put my amateur/short wave radio in a Land Rover and see the world. I got my first break when I worked as a summer engineering student […]

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Celestial Navigation Basics & Equipment

Yup…..there’s no GPS in space! We rely totally on GPS and similar satellite navigational systems such as Glonass, Galileo and Beidu. Unfortunately a large solar X flare or space explosion could take out enough satellites to make the system unusable. Celestial Navigation has been around for centuries and is as reliable as the Sun, Moon, […]

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iPhone10 Fix

When I think of a fix, a Starbucks Tall Pike usually comes to mind. I can’t survive without my coffee. This morning I left early to go downtown. The minute I walked out of our building, I felt the -20degC temperature and then I noticed a gleaming half moon in the clear blue sky. I […]