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DLR scientists receive next-generation GPS signal for the first time
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is to be modernised and will provide a navigation service that is even more reliable and accurate in the future. On 24 March, a GPS satellite carrying a special test payload for transmitting a new navigation signal in the L5 frequency band was launched. Shortly after the switching on of the test payload, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) succeeded for the first time in receiving this navigation signal, using the 30-metre antenna at the German Space Operations Center (GSOC) in Weilheim. The scientists conducted a high precision analysis of the signal and proved, independently of the US operator, the additional benefits of the L5 signal.
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Last update: 16/04/2009 11:33:24