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Next wave of GPS promises stronger signals
Next generation of GPS satellites promises stronger signals, more versatility
By The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) ' The future of the Global Positioning System is taking shape in a vast clean room south of Denver, where workers are beginning to assemble a new generation of GPS satellites touted as the most powerful, reliable and versatile yet.

The Congressional Budget Office says the new satellites will improve the accuracy of military and civilian GPS receivers to within three feet, compared with 10 feet now.

The new satellites are called Block III. They'll have additional civilian signals that offer more precision and make more navigation satellites available to receivers. One of those signals is brand new and the others are already in the first stages of deployment.

Col. Harold "Stormy" Martin of the Air Force Space Command says Block III is a big jump from previous systems.

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