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    Re: How likely is a GPS shutdown?
    From: Tony S
    Date: 2000 Jan 25, 16:03 EST

    Richard:
    Thanks you. I believe I read several years ago that DOD also has the
    capability of dithering the time base so that SA accuracy can be degraded
    further if needed. Is this true?  TIA
    Tony
    Richard Langley wrote:
    >
    > PPS uses the encrypted P-code on both the L1 (same as civilian SPS) and the L2
    > carrier. However, there are DoD single-frequency (L1) receivers and these
    > also have SA and A/S decryption capability.
    > -- Richard Langley
    >    Professor of Geodesy and Precision Navigation
    >
    > On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Rodney Myrvaagnes wrote:
    >
    > >This is not quite right, although the rest of RBE's post is
    > >right on. The military receivers that can get the encrypted
    > >(long) word get it over another carrier than that used by
    > >the C/A word decoded by civil receivers. There is no way
    > >for your Walmart gps to use the military code.
    > >
    > >
    > >During the Gulf War, SA was turned off because the military
    > >had to use civilian receivers. SA was an afterthought,
    > >applied because the civil receivers turned out to work much
    > >better than expected.
    > >
    > >On Mon, 24 Jan 2000 19:09:42 -0500, Richard B. Emerson
    > >wrote:
    > >
    > >> >
    > >> > I suspect that the military has its own encrypted version
    > >> > of GPS although this is simply a guess on my part.
    > >>
    > >>One of the absurdities of GPS is that during Desert Storm and Panama,
    > >>GPS' selective availability was turned off.  Thus, for a short period,
    > >>the normally encrypted data segment (it's already there and used
    > >>routinely) was available unencrypted.  Consider, too, the error even
    > >>with S/A enabled.  A fuel-air bomb (or ammonium nitrate bomb) could
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >Rodney Myrvaagnes                   J36 Gjoa
    > >Senior Editor           Electronic Products
    > >My oyster knife is Y2K compliant
    > >
    >
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