Scientists Call for Release of Non-navigational GPS Data

by Matt Ball on May 28, 2010

Were you aware that the military’s constellation of GPS satellites also include sensors for the Nuclear Detonation Detection System that watch the world for nuclear explosions? I learned of this in an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times that calls for the release of this information for environmental monitoring.

The non-navigational data, which is designed to observe visible light, high-frequency radio waves, x-rays, and gamma rays, is controlled by national security agencies and treated as classified. The author argues that fully opening this data would greatly aid meteorologist;s study of destructive weather and aid in climate change research.

Read the full editorial here.

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