NŠsta brÚf: Sigurjon Sindrason: "Re: HŠtt a rugla gps"
SamkvŠmt ■essu er gps rugli hŠtt!!
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From: Pßlmi SÝmonarson <email@example.com>
To: Bergur Ragnarsson <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Einar Kjartansson (E-mail)" <email@example.com>,
Heiar Hararson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: HŠtt vi SA :)
Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 22:03:25 -0000
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May 1, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT REGARDING THE UNITED STATES? DECISION TO
STOP DEGRADING GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM ACCURACY
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 1, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT REGARDING
THE UNITED STATES? DECISION TO STOP DEGRADING
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM ACCURACY
Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States will stop the
intentional degradation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) signals
available to the public beginning at midnight tonight. We call this
degradation feature Selective Availability (SA). This will mean that
civilian users of GPS will be able to pinpoint locations up to ten times
more accurately than they do now. GPS is a dual-use, satellite-based
system that provides accurate location and timing data to users
My March 1996 Presidential Decision Directive included in the goals for
to: ?encourage acceptance and integration of GPS into peaceful civil,
commercial and scientific applications worldwide; and to encourage
sector investment in and use of U.S. GPS technologies and services.? To
meet these goals, I committed the U.S. to discontinuing the use of SA by
2006 with an annual assessment of its continued use beginning this year.
The decision to discontinue SA is the latest measure in an on-going
to make GPS more responsive to civil and commercial users worldwide.
year, Vice President Gore announced our plans to modernize GPS by adding
two new civilian signals to enhance the civil and commercial service.
initiative is on-track and the budget further advances modernization by
incorporating some of the new features on up to 18 additional satellites
that are already awaiting launch or are in production. We will continue
provide all of these capabilities to worldwide users free of charge.
My decision to discontinue SA was based upon a recommendation by the
Secretary of Defense in coordination with the Departments of State,
Transportation, Commerce, the Director of Central Intelligence, and
Executive Branch Departments and Agencies. They realized that worldwide
transportation safety, scientific, and commercial interests could best
served by discontinuation of SA. Along with our commitment to enhance
for peaceful applications, my administration is committed to preserving
fully the military utility of GPS. The decision to discontinue SA is
coupled with our continuing efforts to upgrade the military utility of
systems that use GPS, and is supported by threat assessments which
that setting SA to zero at this time would have minimal impact on
security. Additionally, we have demonstrated the capability to
deny GPS signals on a regional basis when our national security is
threatened. This regional approach to denying navigation services is
consistent with the 1996 plan to discontinue the degradation of civil
commercial GPS service globally through the SA technique.
Originally developed by the Department of Defense as a military system,
has become a global utility. It benefits users around the world in many
different applications, including air, road, marine, and rail
telecommunications, emergency response, oil exploration, mining, and
more. Civilian users will realize a dramatic improvement in GPS
with the discontinuation of SA. For example, emergency teams responding
a cry for help can now determine what side of the highway they must
to, thereby saving precious minutes. This increase in accuracy will
new GPS applications to emerge and continue to enhance the lives of
around the world.
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