Battle over GPS could affect future of air traffic

08/10/2011 | Economist (free content), The

GPS systems will play a key role in the next generation of air traffic control systems, which are expected to be implemented by 2022. The new systems are designed to improve efficiency and reduce fatalities, but a scramble is on to ensure the reliability of GPS, given the possibility of interference caused by LightSquared's expansion of its wireless broadband service. GPS interference could spell disaster for airlines, and new technology to block interference is still being developed.

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