A volunteer project used GPS to detect a North Korean missile test

An open-source intelligence project uses GPS satellites to track intercontinental ballistic missiles, like the one North Korea tested last week


November 23, 2022

This photo released on November 19, 2022 by the North Korean government shows the North Korean missile launching a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile at Pyongyang International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea on Friday, November 18, 2022. 13630539b

North Korean missile launch last week

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GPS satellites could be used as a global surveillance system to detect intercontinental ballistic missiles. The principle was demonstrated last week when researchers identified atmospheric disturbances caused by North Korea’s largest intercontinental missile test to date in satellite data.

The researchers published a animation showing their detection on Twitter – a big moment for an open-source intelligence project that has worked to detect missile and rocket launches for the past two years. Volunteers have developed computer software to detect earth disturbances…

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