GPS III on the Horizon

U.S. officials have begun planning the next generation of satellite navigation technology, known as GPS III.

The need for upgrade is mainly caused from the lack of security with the current GPS II System. More effective counter measures for signal-jamming, and new applications such as intelligent highway and traffic-safety systems. Not forgetting better accuracy, and reliability.

Who is organizing the upgrade? The U.S. Air Force. They are expected to request proposals for two-year development contracts worth up to $25 million. Initial launch of a GPS III satellites may take place as early as 2010. Competitors for that expressed interest in the multibillion-dollar program are Boeing and the combination of Lockheed Martin and Spectrum Astro.

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