Satellite Positioning at Sea

by James Collins, (M.ASCE), Vice-Pres.; Craven Thompson & Assoc., Inc.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 1-9

Document Type: Journal Paper


A description of the present doppler satellite positioning system is given along with guidelines on its use for hydrographic surveying operations. Characteristics of several commercially available systems for vessel positioning are listed along with criterion for determining optimum equipment selection. The operational aspects of surveying in remote regions using satellite positioning is considered. Formulas for transforming coordinates from one datum to another are given.

Subject Headings: Satellites | Seas and oceans | Hydrographic surveys | Doppler systems | Hydrographs | Geomatic surveys | Geodetic datum

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