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Next Generation GPS Satellite Coming Soon

Article by: rob brady
Date: 19 Dec 2011

A $5.5 billion GPS Satellite is soon to be tested at a Lockheed Martin complex in Colorado.

The new satellite upgrade promises to increase accuracy and reliability across GPS systems.

The GPS system promises to be so accurate that it can pinpoint a position to within three feet (currently approximately 10 feet). But crucially as GPS looks set to become more prevalent in the years to come, particularly when used by the likes of Google for indoor mapping, the new GPS system promises to be far more reliable too.

One of the common gripes made against GPS is that it can sometimes fail to work properly in busy, built-up areas, or when connection to a satellite is blocked - such as when used indoors or even in heavily wooded areas.

The new 'Block III' GPS system, as it is known, promises to work far better than current GPS Satellites to avoid any potential issues.

According to ITWorld the first flight model is not expected to arrive until summer 2012, with the goal of launching in May 2014.

The new generation GPS satellite also promises to make it more difficult to block via commercial GPS jammers, which are popular among certain groups, such as driving professionals who do not want their whereabouts tracked by employers.

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