Talk:Ocean Surface Topography Mission

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The formal name of this project is the Ocean Surface Topography Mission on the Jason-2 satellite. NASA often refers to it as OSTM, while other participants call it Jason-2. I changed the main title page to Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 to give equal weight to the two names. Maddox1 (talk) 17:05, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was move per naming conventions - there are no subpages in the main namespace. JPG-GR (talk) 01:30, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2Ocean Surface Topography Mission — The page was unilaterally moved from Ocean Surface Topography Mission to Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 by another user. This move was reverted by a different user who opposed the move, and subsequently reinstated by the user who made the first move. It is not a standard naming convention to use dual names in the title, but rather to have redirects pointing to the most commonly used single name. I have made this proposal to attempt to alliviate a page move war, which may be caused if I were to simply conduct the move which should theoretically have been uncontraversial. I am requesting that the original title, Ocean Surface Topography Mission, is reinstated, as it appears to be the most common title, based on google search results with the word "satellite" as a qualifier. —GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 23:07, 8 June 2008 (UTC)


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Further discussion[edit]


The name "Ocean Surface Topography Mission" is almost never now used alone without the addition of "Jason-2."

Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 is the name used in the official NASA press kit -- -- and on the NASA mission website -- .

According to the Wikipedia naming conventions, an article should be given the name by which most English speakers would most easily recognize. In the future, that may well be simply "Jason-2" -- the satellite's name. (there are already many examples of this single name usage) I think it would be a mistake to remove "Jason-2" from the main title.

Maddox1 (talk) 18:28, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

    • Note: the above post was moved from the above "survey" section. It was posted after the discussion had been closed. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 21:21, 11 June 2008 (UTC)
  • The title should either be Jason-2 or Ocean Surface Topography Mission. The latter currently seems to be the most common, but frankly I don't care. All I object to is using both. However, if you do wish to move it again, wherever to, please note that the issue is not uncontroversial, and should be discussed through the proper channels rather than executed unilaterally, as you have done in the past. Also, please don't edit sections of this talk page which are clearly marked "Please do not modify". --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 21:21, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Other Military Uses[edit]

Is it possible that this satellite can detect submarines? If this satellite has the capability to detect changes to the ocean's floor within a centimeter, then isn't it feasible that it could detect a large floating piece of military hardware? Also, this satellite can measure temperature changes. Could this technology also be used to locate temperature anamolies related to submarine activity? There could be some evidence to make the allegation that this satellite can be used for scientific and military purposes. If so, then this theory, supported with evidence, should have a section in the article. --Edwin Larkin (talk) 18:57, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Unlikey. Firstly, it measures the height of the ocean surface, not the ocean floor. Undersea mountains and trenches cause sufficient changes in gravity to affect the shape and height of the surface, but a submerged submarine would not. Secondly, it would need to have quite a high horizontal resolution to be able to detect a surfaced submarine (or rather, to distinguish it from a wave). I tried to find details of the horizontal resolution but couldn't; however, I think these sorts of things are typically a kilometre or more. Finally, the satellite orbits a set path, so even if it was theoretically able to spot a submarine, it would have to be in the right place at the right time. Wardog (talk) 10:05, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
I've just found this, which may help or complicate matters: Apparently the altimeter footprint is 2-5km, but the along-track resolution is as low as 300m. Wardog (talk) 10:19, 25 June 2008 (UTC)
Interesting points. I made the mistake of assuming that ocean topography meant seafloor. Are there any other possible military uses? The satellite was launched from an U.S. Air Force Base. -- Edwin Larkin (talk) 16:03, 25 June 2008 (UTC)

Launch site?[edit]

Pardon my denseness, but with all of these different agencies involved in manufacture, control, etc., in the version of the article I read, I seemed to have missed where it was actually launched from. Thanks. Unimaginative Username (talk) 04:15, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

  • Vandenberg SLC-2W. I've added it. --GW_SimulationsUser Page | Talk 17:28, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

New section for Jason-3[edit]

I was surprised there was no mention of the Jason-3 follow-on, so I went ahead and added a new section for it ("future"). I would welcome any pertinent comments, edits or additions. Cheers! Skyraider1 (talk) 12:37, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

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