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Lockheed unveils GPS exhibit at the United Nations


The next-generation Global Positioning System Space System program - GPS III. A Lockheed Martin photo

VIENNA, AUSTRIA (BNS): With an aim to emphasize the importance of satellite navigation technology, Lockheed Martin has opened a Global Positioning System (GPS) exhibit as a part of the Permanent Space Exhibit of the United Nations office, here.

The GPS constellation works in concert with ground receivers to provide position, navigation and timing information to military and civilian users around the globe. The technology supports a wide range of civil, scientific and commercial functions —from air traffic control to car navigation systems and from cell phones to wrist watches.

GPS is increasing productivity in areas as diverse as farming, mining, construction, surveying, package delivery and supply chain management. The system is also enhancing public safety by reducing response times for ambulances, firefighters and other emergency services.

Lockheed Martin sponsored the exhibit, in conjunction with the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), also known as the ICG.

The joint government industry partnership was formed to address issues of compatibility and interoperability of all the world’s GNSS systems to include the United States’ GPS and the European Galileo, and to encourage and promote the use of these GNSS systems in the developing world, Lockheed said.

In remarks at the opening of the Exhibit, Mr Prunariu, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, said, “GPS III is the first GPS satellite designed to be interoperable with other GNSS systems. It is therefore fitting that it flies above our heads, a true testament to international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space.”

The exhibit will showcase the benefits of GNSS and GPS infrastructure to an audience of more than 50,000 visitors annually to the United Nations Vienna International Center.

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