2000 Fellow

Presented to: Dr. A.J. Van Dierendonck

Citation: For continuing contributions over 26 years to the design and development of the Global Positioning System.


Dr. A.J. Van Dierendonck has worked on all segments of satellite navigation. He has achieved recognition as codeveloper of the L5 signal structure, an Ionospheric Scintillation Monitor, and the NarrowCorrelator technology and its application to multipath mitigation. He has served as chair of the RTCA working group responsible for the development of Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) using GPS and the signal specifications currently being used by RTCA, the FAA and ICAO for Satellite Based Augmentation Systems. He has developed and promoted the use of Geostationary Satellites for ranging and integrity applications of GPS, developed a receiver used exclusively in the FAA Navigation Satellite Test Bed in both the reference stations and in the flight test vehicles, and a noninterfering / noncross correlating signal specification for Airport Pseudolites (APLs). He is currently involved in civil GPS modernization, C/A code signal anomaly detection, GPS augmentation standards and GNSS receiver design and development. Dr. Van Dierendonck has worked on GPS and satellite navigation for over 26 years for General Dynamics, Stanford Telecom and Inmarsat, and currently as an international consultant at AJ Systems and a general partner of GPS Silicon Valley. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from Iowa State University and B.S. from South Dakota State University. He has been the recipient of the ION´s Burka Award, the Kepler Award and Thurlow Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and has been inducted in the US Air Force´s GPS Hall of Fame.