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)
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 -- http://jpl.nasa.gov/news/press_kits/jason-2.pdf -- and on the NASA mission website -- http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ostm/main/ .
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.
- 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
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: http://www.osdpd.noaa.gov/ml/ocean/ssheight.html. 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)
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)
New section for Jason-3
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)