September 25, 2006

Another Advanced GPS Satellite to Launch Today

So, if you are in the Cape Canaveral area today around 2:50 PM, you’ll (hopefully) see a Delta II Rocket launch today with another second generation GPS IIR-M satellite in the payload bay. The first of this generation launched last year, and these include some enhanced capabilities that are mostly directed at the military.

The good news is though that we all know what happened with the original intent of keeping GPS signals for the military only; they got cleared for civilian use. So this satellite will include some anti-jamming capabilities for military use, a modernized antenna array that provides increased signal power to receivers, two new military (and maybe civilian use in the future?) signals for improved accuracy, and a second civilian signal that will provide open access on a different frequency.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 25, 2006 9:00 AM

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