Jim Passeur, retired USAF Colonel with 27.5 years of active service, will be the guest speaker at the October 5th meeting of the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society (SWFAS). Jim was selected by the USAF to go to Ohio State University under the Air Force Institute of Technology’s program to provide guidance to the Minuteman ICBM Project in surveying their launch sites. As a result of this assignment, Jim earned a Master’s Degree in Geodetic Science and Photogrammetry from OSU in 1974. After graduation Jim was assigned to Strategic Air Command Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska where he worked with the group locating and surveying the ICBM unit locations. He spent 12 years at SAC Headquarters in various targeting roles, and was later instrumental in developing the Global Positioning System. Jim will tell of about his experiences as he worked in the OSU cornfields observing latitude, longitude, and stellar azimuths and his selection of stars used to observe and record the right ascension, declination, and azimuth from a radio tower 5 miles away.
Jim has had an extraordinary career which also involves developing the incredibly useful GPS system while working at the Pentagon. He is also an amateur astronomer who built his own six inch reflector including grinding the lens. Jim’s presentation will begin at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Come thank the guy who made it possible for you to ask Google to find Aunt Suzy’s house while you are already en route! The monthly business meeting of the Southwest Florida Astronomical Society will be held immediately afterwards.