Preparing the next generation of GPS

By 2034, our entire constellation of GPS satellites will be GPS III models, which are more secure against jamming and cyberattacks, writes CBS News.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., - Thanks to GPS, your car, your phone, even your watch knows exactly where you are on the planet, by listening to a satellite signal from 12,000 miles over your head. GPS is always on, you don't pay anything to use it, and you never need to know how it works. But don't you kind of wonder? asks CBS News. Continue reading original article

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

December 2, 2019-CBS takes a look at the United States Air Force's military and civilian global positioning system (GPS) program, including how the Air Force protects against GPS jammers, and touches on the capabilities of Lockheed Martin's GPS III system that will be online soon. Two of the GPS III satellites are currently in orbit.

GPS III has three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. Spacecraft life will extend to 15 years, 25 percent longer than any of the GPS satellites on-orbit today. GPS III's new L1C civil signal will also make it the first GPS satellite broadcasting a compatible signal with other international global navigation satellite systems, like Europe's Galileo, improving connectivity for civilian users.

Related: Lockheed Martin's GPS III to provide USAF three times the accuracy and eight times current anti-jamming capabilities compared to current tech

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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