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New satelites for gps


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I ran across this news article ,today. http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/ap/july/280098/New-GPS-satellite-launched-into-space ,I was wondering which gps is capable of receiving signals from it. It is supposed to be super accurate and for the public as well as the military??

The article does mention both "enhanced military signals" and "civilian applications" so maybe we'll be 'tuning in' shortly.

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The satellites will replace the GPS Block IIA satellites which were launched between 1990 and 1997 and were designed to last 7.5 years. Eleven of those satellites are still in use, including four that were launched in 1992. [2]

 

Looks like they are just a replacement for the current ones no special reader needed

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The satellites will replace the GPS Block IIA satellites which were launched between 1990 and 1997 and were designed to last 7.5 years. Eleven of those satellites are still in use, including four that were launched in 1992. [2]

 

Looks like they are just a replacement for the current ones no special reader needed

 

That's that technically true. While the new satellite does replace a block IIA satellite, the criteria for replacement is how well (or poorly) the satellite is performing. Most likely the oldest IIAs will be replaced first, but if a newer Block IIR satellite is having the most problems it would be chosen over a IIA.

 

The new Block IIF satellites do have a new civilian signal (amongst other things). However, there needs to be a lot more of the new satellites up there to really make use of them. You will also need a new receiver that can take use the new signal.

 

There is still an immediate benefit: The new satellites have a stronger signal, which will help your reception and accuracy.

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