Thursday, March 22, 2012

Next-Generation GPS Satellites Designed in Virtual Reality

Date: 22 March 2012 Time: 07:04 AM ET

GPS 3 Spacecraft Conceptual Art
The next-generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS 3. The GPS 3 spacecraft constellation will improve position, navigation and timing services and provide advanced anti-jam capabilities.
CREDIT: Lockheed Martin
LITTLETON, Colo. — A new factory built to crank out the next generation of advanced Global Positioning System satellites will draw upon some Hollywood magic: 3D glasses and virtual reality.
Aerospace firm Lockheed Martin opened its new GPS satellite processing facility here last month. Sporting 50,000 square feet (4,645 square meters) of spacecraft assembly and test area, the area includes a high bay clean room and dedicated test chambers.



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