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Raytheon Lands Huge Contract To Improve GPS Accuracy

Raytheon Lands Huge Contract To Improve GPS Accuracy

You can hardly talk about U.S. military and defense systems without mentioning Raytheon. The same company that introduced an iPhone app for the battlefield a few months ago has just announced a huge contract win that could change the way GPS is viewed and used forever. And if you've ever wished that you could find a signal in a crowded city or have a GPS unit with more accuracy, there's a good chance you'll appreciate this.

The United States Air Force has selected Raytheon for an "initial contract of $886 million to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites." GPS is fantastic, and it's even available on most smartphones, but for anyone who has tried to find a very specific address before, they would know that the accuracy can certainly be "off" sometimes. The contract represents the first two development blocks of the advanced control segment (OCX), which will have a significant impact on GPS capabilities. The OCX system will include anti-jam capabilities and improved security, accuracy and reliability and will be based on a modern service-oriented architecture to integrate government and industry open-system standards. Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon's Intelligence and Information Systems business, had this to say about the new partnership:
"We are excited to partner with the Air Force to provide the best-value GPS control system for the future. Raytheon's broad experience in delivering satellite-to-ground command and control systems will ensure that our nation's military and civil GPS users worldwide are provided new capabilities."


This new OCX promises the dramatically affect GPS command, control and mission capabilities and make it eaiser for the operations team to run the current GPS block II and all future GPS satellites, and if you think accuracy is important when it comes time to find that out-of-town dry cleaning place, just imagine how important it is when you're talking about tactical strategies in military deployment. 
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According to all of the GPS units we have ever used, our home and business is one block north and across the street (not to mention that the spot is a vacant lot) from our actual location. Better accuracy would be very nice....

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Hehe... I have the same problem with Google Street View - my house is apparently the one three doors down.

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Have you tried Bing maps street view?

Raytheon was also recently awarded a $58.2 million contract for upgrading Patriot missiles to the Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) missiles.

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HAHA josafiend works in a vacant lot xD :)

I think im in the wrong house... according to Google i live next door... Wink

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Yeah gibbersome I think it would be a definite need for things like a Patriot missile. Just imagine if they had Josafiend or Inspectors GPS address. We would be glad, but whoever owned that vacant lot or especially that house 3 doors down would be pretty mad.

All humor aside something like this is pretty damn important for something like a missile. Not to mention mission critical attacks with soldiers, you may have soldiers going to a peaceful neighborhood, or even walking into a major military complex which would see them coming 3 hills over, and have the armament to cause significant damage. In either case a wrong GPS address can cause very bad things in relation to the military.

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A house a way, three away, a block away, come on guys, that is nothing. Google, Bing, and any GPS puts my house some 9 miles away and a town away at that. Can anyone top that?

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about time we updated or aging GPS system.. the GLONASS and Galileo systems is are much newer but not yet fully operational.

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Yay Drago wins he has the most falsely recognized house on a GPS.

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hmm this is interesting although i doubt us civilians will have access to these upgrades. The GPS for civilians is heavily downgraded in terms of accuracy and reliability so im not sure if this is aiming to improve the military grade or civil grade GPS

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This issue of location has nothing to do with the accuracy of your GPS. Map data for street addresses is placed linearly block to block. Google Maps offers you the ability to input your correct address location. Log in to your account, type in your address, highlight address info, click more, click move marker. This data will be stored & will improve the accuracy of the map data. Have fun.

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