David B. Nichinson

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Abstract: I am truly pleased to have been invited to express a few comments at today's luncheon. This joint session with the Society for Information Display is, to me, particularly significant and perhaps even symbolic. As you know, I have been identified with the navigation profession for quire a few years. Most members of our profession, perhaps like those fortunate ones in other technical fraternities, truly enjoy their chosen work. We enjoy talking about our work-its problems-its challenges-and the potential solutions. We communicate freely-with one another. This work becomes a way of life. At times, to the lament of our wives and our families, our treasured work becomes almost life itself. Periodically, however, I feel uncomfortable about what appears to be excessive inbreeding in the exchange of our ideas. The Dopplers fight the Inertials-even the Celestials fight the Inertials-and suddenly we effect a temporary peace with a Stellar-Inertial Doppler-or a Doppler Inertial-and conjure up an appropriate acronym. Our exchanges, however, are much too confined for they are with one another. Navigation is prerequisite to effectively arriving at the selected destination. It is not, however, the end in itself. Wiht the utmost of perfection in our navigational techniques and measurement, we must still resort to other subsystems if we are to successfully complete our mission. The complexities of today's assignmets require the interface and reiterative exchange with many other diciplines. At a session, like today's, we are not only communicating what we know, what we think, what we propose, but we are sharing these posessions with others who, in their own faiths have also been called upon-who are to participate along with us to jointly attain our common goal-the timely and effective arrival at our destination.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 13, Number 1
Pages: 59 - 62
Cite this article: Nichinson, David B., "LUNCHEON SPEECH", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 1966, pp. 59-62.
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