Using Variations in Magnetic Field for Navigation
May 5th, 2023
It is too easy for bad actors (aka Pirates) to spoof GPS signals to divert cargo ships or airplanes. There are growing concerns that the shipping industry is vulnerable to GPS spoofing (Lo (2019))
GPS spoofing has the real risk of keeping ships at sea longer than necessary, or even causing ships to collide.
These same concerns are amplified in the aviation industry.
In addition, planes to worry about being tricked into flying into dangerous no fly zones.
The Earth’s Magnetic Field has variations do to field locked in it’s crust.
Current maps are low resolution.
Need higher resolutions for navigation
Maps are made using special equipped planes.
Pico balloons can circumnavigate the world several times
Many students do not see the value nor the purpose of a STEM education.
This STEM project is designed to address these issues.
It involves multiple fields of science and engineering:
Integrated into a single project for students grades eight through ten.
It also rewards (via milestone achievements rewards: cash and/or prizes) for their work and their measurements supply scientists with information needed to make magnetic maps.
Lastly, students are guided by college student mentors in a STEM field so that they can see people close to their age going into this field.
Looking for Ohio schools teachers to partner with to:
### Magnetic anomaly Mapping for Safer Navigation