st. Speaking at the GEOINT Conference in St. Louis, Rear Admiral Frank Whitworth, Director of the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, said, “Today, NASA, working with the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Space Force, and the Space Command, can provide future visitors on the Moon’s surface as accurate and secure as GPS on Earth. We are developing a lunar geodesy system that will guide us in such a way.” said.
“Moon Frame of Reference” Stating that the system, called the World Geodesy System, which supports navigation capabilities such as GPS and provides precise and accurate latitude, longitude and time data, Whitworth said that they are currently working on a Moon-based system, but they are planning to develop similar navigation systems for other planets in the future. He said the work will be done.
Whirwoth stated that this work is part of the dream of commercial companies as well as the USA and other countries planning trips to the Moon and establishing an economy there in the future.
The project is led by the Pentagon.
James Griffith, Director of Resource and Operations Management at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, in his briefing to the US media, emphasized that the project in question was managed by the US Department of Defense (Pentagon).
Pointing out that the main difficulty in this study is how to collect data on the Moon, Griffith said, “The Moon works very differently from Earth. We know what kind of data we need, but we do not know how it is collected in that kind of environment. Because our instruments are not structured accordingly. So we need to do a lot of exploratory work to develop a true frame of reference.” made its assessment.