Technology is developing at a breakneck pace. I remember that some 10 years ago we all wanted to buy a smartphone with support for high-speed 4G Internet, and now we are looking forward to launching 5G networks. Also, from time to time, companies issue updates to operating systems and other technologies, but many of us have never even heard about updating the GPS satellite navigation system. But it is actively used by all of us to navigate cities and even to tune the clock on a smartphone! We have good news - in 2023 the technology will be updated and it will become better.
GPS global positioning system wasinvented back in 1973 and was originally used only for military purposes. Now the technology mainly 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 has become available to ordinary users and today it is simply necessary for the operation of automobile maps and even mobile games.
GPS Update - What's New?
Few people know about this, but at the moment everythingWe use the second generation of GPS. Nothing bad can be said about it - the system determines the location of the object with an accuracy of 5-10 meters and works almost without glitches. All this is provided by 32 GPS satellites, which are occasionally replaced by new ones, because their service life is no more than 7.5 years. It sounds good, but there is no limit to perfection - the third-generation system will be much better than the version existing today.
The development of the so-called GPS III is already underwaya long time ago and the US Department of Defense has already put two satellites into orbit. In this matter, the military-industrial company Lockheed Martin helped it, which in 2018 launched the first GPS III satellite called Vespucci and received $ 529 million for this. The second satellite, Magellan, was launched in August 2019 for a larger amount. It is believed that the cost of launching subsequent devices will be at least 5.5 billion dollars.
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In the near future, the Ministry of Defense planslaunch another 9 satellites. It is known that each of them will last about 15 years, which is twice as long as the life of the current devices. They will also provide positioning with an accuracy of about 1-3 meters, and their powerful signals will even pass through thick concrete walls and other obstacles. You know that inside buildings with thick walls, the GPS system will usually stop working? Such unpleasant situations will obviously become less, so smartphones and navigators will build routes faster and more accurately.
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GPS III launch is also positiveaffect the number of people using it. The fact is that the updated technology will be able to work on the new civil frequency L1C, which is compatible with the European navigation system Galileo, Japanese QZSS and Chinese Beidou. It is expected that in the future, smartphones and other devices with GPS receivers will be able to collect data from different systems and use them to improve positioning.
By the way, the Chinese BeiDou system is currently more popular than the American GPS
Do not forget that GPS is militarytechnology. At the moment, the government is installing the so-called next-generation GPS operational control systems. Raytheon, which plans to complete work by 2023, took over their construction and customization. When everything is ready, the military will be able to transmit more secure signals with eight-fold resistance to interference.
Apparently, third-generation GPS technologywill bring a lot of useful things both in the military sphere, and in the life of ordinary users. Finally, I want to know - which applications that require access to GPS do you use most often? I have this 2GIS and Instagram, and you? Write your answer in our Telegram chat.