Technology is evolving at breakneck speed. I remember about 10 years ago, we all wanted to buy a smartphone with support for high speed 4G Internet and now eagerly waiting for the launch of 5G networks. Also from time to time of the company release updates to operating systems and other technologies, but about updating the satellite navigation system GPS many of us have never even heard of. And in fact, it is widely used by all of us to navigate through cities and even trivial for clock settings on your smartphone! We have good news — in 2023, technology will be updated and will get better.
Global positioning system GPS was invented in 1973 and was originally used only for military purposes. Now the technology mostly helps military pilots to better navigate in space during the flight, but the system also serves to increase the accuracy of missile strikes. Over time it became available for ordinary users and today are simply necessary for operation of car cards and even mobile games.
GPS update — what’s new?
Few people know about it, but at the moment we all use second generation of GPS. Nothing bad about her to say — the system determines the location of the object with an accuracy of 5-10 meters and works almost flawlessly. All of this is provided by the 32 GPS satellites, which are occasionally replaced by new ones because their life is not more than 7.5 years. Sounds good, but perfection has no limits — the system of the third generation will be much better than current version.
The development of the so-called GPS III is a long time and the US defense Department has already put into orbit two satellites. In this case, it helped the military-industrial company Lockheed Martin, who in 2018 launched the first GPS III satellite under the name “Vespucci” and received a 529 million dollars. The second satellite, Magellan, was launched in August 2019 for a larger amount. It is believed that the cost of running the subsequent devices will be at least $ 5.5 billion.
How to improve GPS? From the US Department of defense has the answer!
In the near future the Ministry of defence plans to launch 9 satellites. It is known that each of them will last about 15 years, which is two times more than the lifespan of current devices. They also can provide positioning with an accuracy of about 1-3 meters, and its powerful signal will pass even through thick concrete walls and other obstacles. You know that inside buildings with thick walls GPS system usually stop working? Such unpleasant situations will clearly be smaller, so smartphones and navigation will be faster and more accurate to build the routes.
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The launch of the GPS III will also have a positive impact on the number of people using it. The fact that the updated technology will be able to work on a new civil frequency L1C, which is compatible with European navigation system Galileo, Japanese QZSS and Chinese Beidou. It is expected that in the future smartphones and other devices with GPS receivers can collect data from different systems and use them for better positioning.
By the way, the Chinese BeiDou system at the moment, more popular than the American GPS
Don’t forget that GPS is a military technology. At the moment, the government is installing a so-called operating control System GPS next generation. Their construction and configuration took over the company Raytheon, which plans to complete by 2023. When ready, the military will be able to transmit more secure signals with an eightfold resistance to interference.
Apparently, the GPS technology of the third generation will bring a lot of useful as in the military sphere and in the lives of ordinary users. Finally, I want to know — what apps require access to the GPS you use most often? I have this 2GIS and Instagram, and you? Write your answer to our Telegram chat.