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December 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday. Any shutdown of the network inside the United States would come under only the most remarkable circumstances, said a Bush administration official who spoke to a small group of reporters at the White House on condition of anonymity.
March 20, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
Cyclists, runners, walkers, even swimmers and windsurfers, have now gone global. Using small, global-positioning devices, outdoor athletes are mapping their routes, tracking their distance, speed and elevation -- even creating their own virtual training partners, ones that beep instead of speaking when athletes are ahead of, or behind, their target goals. "If you're a gadget person," says Bruce Mosier, an avid runner and hiker from Santa Monica, "GPS is one of those things you absolutely need."
There is little but prairie surrounding the carefully guarded buildings. From the time authorized personnel slide their personalized badges through the card reader and punch in a four-digit access code, they have 15 seconds to pass through a door leading to the master control station. Down a long hallway, seven people in blue jumpsuits work at computer terminals.
March 12, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Trimble Navigation Ltd. said it will partner with Germany's Siemens to boost sales of global positioning system devices, which can be used to track locations worldwide. Sunnyvale-based Trimble said it will work with the semiconductor unit of Siemens to design and manufacture new versions of GPS systems. It did not disclose the terms of the alliance.
October 9, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The TomTom Go 700 sounds like a dream gadget for Southern California drivers: a GPS navigation unit for the car that not only pinpoints exact position and maps out directions, but also provides real-time traffic information for the route. It can even, at the push of a touch screen, almost instantly remap a route to avoid traffic snarls. It's an undeniably innovative use of the satellite-based global positioning system in conjunction with traffic data from the Internet.
February 21, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sunnyvale-based Trimble Navigation Ltd. said it will resume shipments of global positioning system units to American Mobile Satellite Corp., ending a dispute that included litigation. Trimble, which makes satellite-based navigation and communication systems, said it will begin shipping its Galaxy units in March. The Galaxy units are used to precisely determine location and facilitate data transmissions. Reston, Va.
In today's high-tech world of satellite imagery and global travel, geographers would seemingly have few secrets left to unravel. But at least one question has been nagging at explorers and map makers alike: the precise source of the Amazon, the world's largest river, with six times the flow of the Nile. Since at least 1971, explorers have been bickering over which of two small streams in the Peruvian Andes actually represents the headwaters of the mighty South American river.
August 21, 1990
Rockwell International Corp. in Seal Beach won a $25.9-million Air Force contract for integration of global positioning system satellites on Delta II launch vehicles.
September 13, 1996 | Reuters
A McDonnell Douglas Delta 2 rocket thundered into orbit Thursday carrying a $55-million Air Force navigation satellite. The satellite was placed into a 12,000-mile circular orbit about 25 minutes after it left Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It is the second of a new generation of Global Positioning System satellites and will replace an aging satellite in orbit.
August 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Boeing Co. won a $54-million contract to launch four navigation satellites for the Air Force in the second exception to a ban imposed on the company last year. The decision to use Boeing's Delta II rockets for the launch was made because the global positioning system satellites were a "compelling national interest," said Maj. Karen Finn, spokeswoman for the Air Force.
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