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January 17, 1991 | GREGORY CROUCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Persian Gulf war is posing serious problems for Southland companies that depend on satellites for everything from steering oil tankers to mapping out potential freeway routes, according to military and commercial sources. Some industries rely heavily on a group of 16 military-run satellites known as the Global Positioning Systems, and a realignment of the satellites to aid Operation Desert Storm is already causing problems for survey companies and civil engineers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1989 | BARRY STAVRO, Times Staff Writer
There was a quarter moon that night, but a thick fog blotted it from view. At 5:30 a.m. a computer science technician named Valerie Wong stood in a parking lot in Monrovia and pointed a gray battery-powered plastic box at the heavens and homed in on some military satellites. She was trying to find out, literally, where she stood. The screen flashed 34 degrees, 8.38 minutes north; 117 degrees, 59.77 minutes west. "This is going to be accurate within 30 meters," Wong said.
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