Collaboration around the world with GNNS ground based stations
Dear Friends,

I am new here and first and I would like to congratulate you for the BlitzOrtung project. There was lightning in my area in France and I just discovered the project using Android BlitzOrtung project. It is great to see such a well-organized community project.

So my question is as follows: there are Billions of euros lost in lightning every year. Still, a large number of areas are not covered by BlitzOrtung around the world.

There are similarities with other projects. For example ground based GPS (GNNS) and differential GPS (RTK). Differential GPS are precise GPS stations providing positioning data. Some GNSS stations are located remotely in noise-free areas all around the world. And all of them have Internet access. Most of them are run by scientists, for example in observatories or meteorological labs.

Maybe ground GNSS stations would be interested to host a BlitzOrtung receiver. GNSS stations are usually organized in communities. So we know the precise positioning of each station.

Here is a partial map. In fact, there are way more of them:

[Image: Veripos-network.jpg]

Here is a list of station networks that could become partners:

EUREF Permanent GNSS Network
Based in Belgium.
All network is extreme quality.

In 2015, Africa had 54 ground-based GNNS stations:

Brasil: IBGE Brasil
Brasil map for GNNS with hundreds of receivers (I guess so, but I don't speak Brasilian):

French Guyana
Think about IGN or Arianespace.

Glonass stations (not official list)
or from ESA:

Do you think it would be valuable to list all possible GNNS stations worldwide and try to contact them? Some of them should have direct interest to install a BlitzOrtung detector, just for safety of equipment and protection against lightning.

Maybe this was discussed before, but what would be the perfect grid for precision reception?
Can you describe it? How many sites would you need in South America and Africa?

Kind regards,
Kellogs (Jean-Michel P., France)

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Collaboration around the world with GNNS ground based stations - by Kellogs - 2017-05-12, 20:22

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