Volume 23: Pages 127-136, 2010
Experimental evidence of the ether-dragging hypothesis in global positioning system (GPS) data
Masanori Sato 1
1Honda Electronics Co., Ltd., 20 Oyamazuka, Oiwa-cho, Toyohashi, Aichi 441-3193, Japan
In global positioning system (GPS) satellites, the earth-centered locally inertial (ECI) coordinate system is used for calculations. We cannot use other reference frames, for example, one based on the solar system, in the calculation of GPS satellites because if the relative velocities in the solar system are used, large periodic orbital deviations of reference time are calculated. Therefore, the ECI coordinate system is a stationary gravitational frame. This fact provides experimental evidence for the ether-dragging hypothesis in which the ether is assumed to be the permittivity of free space Ε0 and the permeability of free space μ0. This is interpreted using the analogy of an acoustic wave that is traveling in the atmosphere, which is dragged by the gravity of the earth.
Keywords: GPS, ECI Coordinate System, Michelson–Gale–Pearson Experiment, Sagnac Effect, Ether-Dragging Hypothesis
Received: August 17, 2009; Accepted: January 8, 2010; Published Online: March 1, 2010