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The Global Positioning System (GPS) has been among the most far-reaching innovations of the past 50 years. Operated by the U.S. Air Force, the technology uses satellite signals to determine a precise location and synchronize time around the world. It’s been instrumental in the development of everything from drones and mobile maps to the infrastructure of our modern financial system and utility grid.

GPS doesn’t come from your phone. Few realize that it’s a complex network, comprising a constellation of advanced satellites in orbit, a sophisticated ground control system and signal receivers that today serve over a billion military, commercial and civilian users. The Air Force now is engaged in a major modernization program that will give the system even more advanced capabilities.

A critical component to this modernization is a new generation of satellites, known as “GPS III.” Developed by Lockheed Martin, GPS III is not just an upgrade but an entirely new, more resilient design to produce the most powerful GPS satellites ever. GPS III surpasses any of its predecessors with greater accuracy, improved anti-jamming capability and a longer on-orbit life. The pathbreaking technology will for the first time provide users around the world with greater connectivity by leveraging other global navigation satellite infrastructures.

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The next generation of GPS will bring even more advanced capabilities for a safer world.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/brand-connect/lockheedmartin/the-right-directions/

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