Future GPS Systems Less Precise

aopa_logoVia AOPA we found an article from the Wall Street Journal regarding the problems with new GPS satellites. According to the article the US Air Force says “….. a new GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp. is accurate only to about 20 feet, rather than the normal standard of two feet. The satellite’s new civilian frequency is seen as crucial to next-generation air traffic control, but it appears to interfere with other signals, degrading their accuracy. Officials fear similar problems could occur with 12 additional satellites currently being built by Boeing Co., and additional testing could further delay the project…..”. Not such a problem for our simulated flights, but NOT good for our real-world endeavors that rely more and more on GPS these days. Full article here.

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