GPS III Preps for Launch, Exelis Aboard

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Does ITT Exelis sound familiar to you? You may have never heard of them, but they’ve been a part of GPS technology for forty years. A satellite company called ITT Exelis participated in the evolution of GPS nearly from day one. Now, the company is preparing to build part of the satellites to be used for the next generation of GPS satellites, collectively a part of the GPS III satellite constellation.

What does GPS III Mean?
There have been two previous “levels” of GPS satellites. GPS III has been recently approved by the government, allowing more accurate GPS signals to be broadcast from space to smart phone users, sports GPS watches, etc. GPS III will greatly increase the accuracy and availability of GPS signals.

It should be noted that the technology has always existed to produce accurate signals at the strength promised by GPS III. In fact, easily so. The determining factor in the past has been the government: they wouldn’t allow such signals to be available to consumers for protective reasons. Now that consumer use of GPS technology has grown beyond belief, the need has arisen for increased GPS accuracy.

A Company That Got In at the Ground Floor
ITT Exelis will build the navigation payloads for GPS III satellites. That means that Exelis will be installing a part of the satellite that will allow it to navigate the earth’s orbit. The company proudly claims that its GPS satellite navigation systems have never failed.

Preparing for the Future of GPS Tracking
GPS III is scheduled to launch in 2014. The GPS III satellite constellation will replace the old GPS II satellite systems, which remained active during one of the most trans-formative phases in the evolution of GPS technology. GPS III will no doubt represent the complete flowering of this technology; its complete integration into the world technological fabric. By 2014, GPS will likely become more of an integral part of our lives than we ever imagined.

What is ITT Exelis?
ITT Exelis is all about navigation—not only for satellites, but for other amazingly cool devices like electronic warfare machines, air traffic control, and night vision. They are the classic military technology developer, employing a little over 20,000 people.

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