Friday, August 25, 2006

#13 Low flying GPS satellite

The only GPS satellite on public display in the world is in San Diego. I convinced Mary our trip to the San Diego Air and Space Museum to see this unique display was a mandatory research trip since I’ll be presenting a GPS session during the voyage.
0238 GPS satellite - the only one on display in the world
Of the 69 museum exhibits (most of them full-sized aircraft), only one was a satellite. Donated by the US Air Force and the Boeing Corporation, this was one of the original craft built in the 1970’s that was never launched and used for testing improvements to later versions of GPS satellites. So while other GPS satellites are circling 12,000 miles overhead, only one hangs about 20 feet aloft over San Diego.

Yours in fooling Mary some of the time,

1 comment:

  1. How is the prep work for the GPS class going? There is a site you should check out ( when you get a chance. I think you will find it very interesting. The cabin looks fantastic, are you sure they didn't give you the wrong one and won't be taking it away later :) Hope all continues to go well.