Thursday, February 21, 2008

GPS antenna stolen -- for its scrap value?

Via Guru, we have this strange news item from Nature News:

A crucial Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna in Bangalore has been stolen — apparently for its scrap value — knocking India out of an international network of 'core' stations that provides data to geoscientists around the globe.

The station at the Indian Institute of Science was linked to the International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Service, based in Pasadena, California. The service provides scientific data such as for satellite navigation and earthquake-risk monitoring. Although India has 2 of the 336 active stations in the global network, the Bangalore station was the only one among the 40 core stations that supply data in real time.

Googling this stuff a bit, I discovered that this news is about three weeks old; The Telegraph (Kolkata) did two stories: here and here.