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LightSquared and Potential GPS Interference

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
June 23, 2011
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Study Shows Interference with GPS Poses Major Threat to U.S. Economy
“More than 3.3 million U.S. jobs in agriculture and industries rely heavily on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and the disruption of interference with GPS posed by LightSquared’s planned deployment of 40,000 ground stations threatens direct economic costs of up to $96 billion to U.S. commercial GPS users and manufacturers, according to an economic study released today.”
Deere Says LightSquared Wireless Network Interferes With GPS For Machinery, Dow Lones
Deere said its tests have shown that LightSquared’s wireless signal interfered with Deere’s GPS-dependent system more than 20 miles away. The U.S. Defense Department, Federal Aviation Administration and General Motors’ OnStar subsidiary have complained of similar problems with LightSquared’s network.

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