Applications: Time-Based Navigation

  • F. G. Major


Among the areas of application made practicable by the advent of atomic clocks we list the following:
  • Space Science: Long-distance tracking and data acquisition from “deep” space probes such as Voyager.

  • Radio Astronomy: Very long baseline interferometry (VLBI), made possible through a common phase reference.

  • Planetary Motion: The dynamics of the Earth as a planet and the variability of the length of the day.

  • Radio Navigation: Perhaps the most useful application. Land-based networks Loran-C and Omega, and the satellite-based systems the TRANSIT system, culminating in the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) and GLONASS.


Global Position System Radio Wave Very Long Baseline Interferometry Satellite Clock Atomic Clock 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. G. Major
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  1. 1.Severna ParkUSA

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