December 6, 2001 |
It's raining. From a blue leather La-Z-Boy on the bridge of the Bonhomme Richard, Navy Capt. Stan Degeus scans the dreary horizon in search of helicopters scheduled to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship in just minutes. Visibility is low. But Degeus knows precisely where he, his crew of 1,100 and their 40,500-ton ship are. A monitor above his left shoulder displays a map of Coronado Island and San Diego Bay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 |
Two decks below the Princess Marla's heliport and Jacuzzi, one deck below the baby grand player piano and the satellite TV, sits a box of scientific instruments that have nothing to do with the creature comforts of the yacht's media-mogul owner. The $50,000 module of sensors and computers is designed to take the pulse of the ocean and beam back its findings--sort of a marine health report card.
July 6, 2000 |
Call me Wrong Way Corrigan. Give me a map and compass, and I'll find my way . . . eventually. I call it just being turned around a little. Some of my hiking companions call it something else: being lost. Whatever you call it, it's less likely to happen if you're carrying a Global Positioning System receiver. These increasingly popular and affordable units pull in signals from a U.S. military satellite network to determine latitude and longitude.
October 8, 1999 |
A Delta 2 rocket lifted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral carrying a $42-million Global Positioning System satellite, built by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, that will join the U.S. military's orbiting constellation of navigation satellites.
February 7, 1994 |
Andrea Donnellan kneels on the barren crest of Oat Mountain and, with her Powerbook computer coupled to a tiny satellite receiver, pinpoints the shards of Southern California's broken landscape with an unsettling accuracy. It is as she suspected. The 3,477-foot-tall mountain, heaving upward since the moment of the 6.6 Northridge earthquake last month, has grown another inch since she last checked. "This is mountain-building in progress," she said.
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September 22, 1992 |
A federal judge sentenced two anti-war activists to prison Monday, one for 18 months and the other for 24 months, for damaging a military satellite at the Rockwell International complex in Seal Beach. Peter A. Lumsdaine, 37, and Keith Joseph Kjoller, 31, both of Santa Cruz, had pleaded guilty, calling the May 10 incident an "act of conscience."