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GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM TEAM WINS 1992 COLLIER TROPHY

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) today selected the Global Positioning System Team, composed of the United States Air Force, the Unites States Naval Research Laboratory, the Aerospace Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., Rockwell International Corp. of Seal Beach, Calif., and IBM Federal Systems Co. of Bethesda, Md. as the winners of the 1992 Robert J. Collier Trophy, America's most distinguished aviation award.
 A special 35-member committee of senior officials named by NAA President Malvern J. Gross from all branches of aviation, both civil and military, chose the GPS Team from among eight individuals and organizations nominated earlier. The balloting took place in Arlington, Va., this afternoon.
 The citation accompanying the presentation of the trophy will honor the Global Positioning Team "for the most significant development for safe and efficient navigation and surveillance of air and spacecraft since the introduction of radio navigation 50 years ago."
 The Global Positioning System (GPS) relies on a network of U.S. Air Force-launched navigation satellites which feed precise position information to military and commercial aircraft, ships, military troops, and even hikers, boaters and campers. New uses for the technology are being developed continuously.
 The Robert J. Collier Trophy is given annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency or safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."
 Established in 1912 as the "Aero Club of America Trophy" by Robert J. Collier, it was first awarded in 1912 to Glenn H. Curtiss for his achievements in 1911.
 The Collier Trophy will be presented by the president of the National Aeronautic Association at a dinner in Washington later this spring, sponsored by the National Aviation Club. The most prestigious of all aviation awards in the United States, the original trophy is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.
 The National Aeronautic Association, founded in 1905 as the Aero Club of the United States, has as its mission "the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space." The Aero Club and NAA have served as custodians of the Collier Trophy since it was first awarded more than eight decades ago.
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 /CONTACT: William H. Ottley of the National Aeronautic Association, 703-527-0226/


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