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EXPLORING THE OCEAN BASINS WITH SATELLITE ALTIMETER DATA

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Karissa Oleyanin
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« on: February 01, 2009, 02:12:52 am »

Applications of Satellite Altimetry
Navigation

The Geosat data were collected by the US Navy to fulfill their navigational and mapping requirements. Consider measuring accelerations in a moving submarine or aircraft in order to determine your position as a function of time. (Of course your starting position and velocity must also be known.) If the windows of your vehicle are closed, a true acceleration cannot be distinguished from a variation in the pull of gravity. Thus the gravity data are needed for correction of inertial navigation/guidance systems. The military applications are obvious and provided the rationale for the 80 million dollar cost of the Geosat mission as well as the classification of these data, especially during the cold war when nuclear submarines were more active than they are today. On the commercial side, Honeywell Inc. is using these data to update their inertial navigation systems in commercial aircraft. In particular, when this correction is not applied, they have found large navigational errors along Pacific Ocean flight paths which follow the major ocean trenches.





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