Friday, September 19, 2003

General: China to help Europe develop GPS rival

New Scientist reports China has joined a European effort to develop a new global satellite navigation system that would offer a more accurate civilian alternative to the Global Positioning System. The Galileo system will be precise to within a meter, while the civilian GPS service is accurate to around 10 meters. This development adds to the consternation of the U.S. military, which controls the GPS and currently enjoys the option of downgrading the civilian service during military conflicts.

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