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Survey Perspectives – Late February 2008

February 21, 2008 - By

With nearly 60 GPS engineers and scientists, the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) is one of the biggest GPS R&D centers in the world today. It operates as a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which manages the lab for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). read more

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Survey Perspectives – Early February 2008

February 7, 2008 - By

It appears the US Department of Transportation has bought the Nationwide Differential GPS system (NDGPS) another year. The FY09 Presidential Budget Request was released earlier this week, and it contains a line item in the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) budget for NDGPS in the amount of $4.6M for operations and maintenance of the current system until October 2009. There is no budget item for the planned build-out of NDGPS. The budget request is subject to approval by Congress, but most likely this will go through. read more

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Innovation: Tsunami Detection by GPS

February 1, 2008 - By

How Ionospheric Observations Might Improve the Global Warning System
Recent investigations have demonstrated that GPS might be an effective tool for improving the tsumani early-warning system through rapid determination of earthquake magnitude using data from GPS networks. A less obvious approach is to use the GPS data to look for the tsunami signature in the ionosphere. read more

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