GNSS Hotspots

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859
1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman image)
Nouméa ground station after the flood
A pencil and a coffee cup show the size of NASA’s teeny tiny PhoneSat
Bonus Hotspot: Naro Tartaruga AUV
Pacific lamprey spawning (photo by Jeremy Monroe, Fresh Waters Illustrated)
“Return of the Bucentaurn to the Molo on Ascension Day”, by (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto
The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock at 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB in Colorado. This photo was taken in January, 2006 during the addition of a leap second. The USNO master clocks control GPS timing. They are accurate to within one second every 20 million years (Satellites are so picky! Humans, on the other hand, just want to know if we’re too late for lunch) USAF photo by A1C Jason Ridder.
Detail of Compass/ BeiDou2 system diagram
Hotspot 6: Beluga A300 600ST

1. WHO WON?
Portland, Oregon and Munich, Germany
√ Judges all over the world are poring over 357 GNSS app innovations submitted to the 2010 European Satellite Navigation Contest from Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Taiwan and North America.  Inside GNSS’s USA Challenge will announce our five finalists at ION GNSS 2010 in Portland, Oregon. The winners will celebrate on October 18 in Munich.

1. WHO WON?
Portland, Oregon and Munich, Germany
√ Judges all over the world are poring over 357 GNSS app innovations submitted to the 2010 European Satellite Navigation Contest from Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Taiwan and North America.  Inside GNSS’s USA Challenge will announce our five finalists at ION GNSS 2010 in Portland, Oregon. The winners will celebrate on October 18 in Munich.

2. HOT PURSUIT
Phoenix, Arizona
√ Will GPS technology kill the Hollywood high-speed car chase? Arizona police are using the StarChase system to shoot a laser-guided sticky GPS module from a compressed air launcher onto an escaping vehicle. They track the car in real time from a secure Internet connection. Today, Steve McQueen’s famous 1968 Bullitt car chase would have been over much too soon.

Read the Arizona Department of Public Safety news article here

3. GOT A WARRANT?
Washington, D.C.
Secret, long-term GPS surveillance data that helped put a Washington D.C. drug kingpin away violated the Fourth Amendment guarantee against unreasonable search, said the D.C. Court of Appeals. California and New York appellate judges don’t agree. Locating individuals 24/7 using GPS may be simple, undetectable and cheap – but the thorny debate rages on.

Read USA v. Lawrence Maynard (Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia), August 6, 2010 decision here

4. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS….
Washington D.C.
Letitia  A. Long became the fifth director of the 14-year-old National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at a ceremony on August 9. The electrical and mechanical engineer and seasoned intelligence executive said, "I have never seen an agency as young as the NGA do so much in so little time." She’s the first woman to lead a major U.S. intel agency.

5. CHINA’S FIRST IGSO
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China (SW Sichuan province)
√ China launched its fifth Compass (Beidou2) satellite – and first inclined geostationary orbit spacecraft – on August 1. Two other IGSOs will join 5 GEOs and 27 MEOs when the 35-constellation system is complete. The system update will be discussed at the officially sanctioned Shanghai NaviForum conference on September 1-2.

6. MICHIBIKI INTERACTIVE

Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
√ Michibiki, Japan’s first quasi-zenith satellite, will launch on September 11. But even better for us earthlings is QZ-Vision, JAXA’s interactive web site for accessing operations data from the spacecraft. And there’s more! Interviews with experts, cartoons, and screensavers and, for the young at heart, a 3-D model of Michibiki to play with online.