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GPS: The Fight for Independent Satellites

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posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 08:08 AM
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GPS: The Fight for Independent Satellites


www.nytimes.com

...what is also behind the battle for control of navigation technology is a fear that the United States could use its monopoly - the system was developed and is controlled by the military, after all - to switch off signals in a time of crisis.

“In a few years, business without a navigation signal will become inconceivable,” said Andrei G. Ionin, an aerospace analyst with the Center for the Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, which is linked to the Russian defense ministry. “Everything that moves will use a navigation signal - airplanes, trains, yachts, people, rockets, valuable animals and favorite pets.”

When that happens, countries that choose to rely only on G.P.S., he said, will be falling into “a geopolitical trap” of American dominance of an important Internet-age infrastructure. The United States could theoretically deny navigation signals to countries like Iran and North Korea, not just in time of war, but as a high-tech form of economic sanction that could disrupt power grids, banking systems and other industries, he said. ...

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posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 08:08 AM
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Pundits say the navigation satellite system is controlled by the US - but really, a coalition of international corporations and the US military control the system.

That control is being challenged by Russia, China and the European Union.

Good thing, imo.

www.nytimes.com
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posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 10:07 AM
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Isn't there an EU GPS alternative planned so we dont have to rely on the whims and generosity of our US NATO allies? I cant be sure where I read this but it would sure make sense for the EU space agency to get its own satellite system established



posted on Apr, 5 2007 @ 09:35 PM
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Originally posted by citizen smith
Isn't there an EU GPS alternative planned so we dont have to rely on the whims and generosity of our US NATO allies?



The EU system is called Galileo, but work has been halted...



...the European Union has also begun developing a rival system, Galileo, although work has been halted because of doubts among the private contractors over its potential for profits. Russia’s system is furthest along, paid for with government oil revenue.




But the market IS there:


Sales of G.P.S. devices are already booming. The global market for the devices hit $15 billion in 2006, according to the GPS Industry Council, a Washington trade group, and is expanding at a rate of 25 to 30 percent annually.




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