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British military working on satellite-free navigation

by GPS4US 2014-05-21 10:51

Are you ready for the Quantum Compass?

Because that’s a thing. Perhaps the new era in navigation. The Quantum Compass is under development by
the British military, and it allows GPS-style navigation on submarines without the use of satellites.

Did you know that GPS doesn’t work under water? That’s kind of interesting. But it also created a need
in the military navigation market. So here come the Brits with their new technology, which uses the
movements of subatomic particles to locate a vessel. The particles, stored in a vacuum, reach to the
Earth’s magnetic field, according to Autoblog.

It’s very scientific, and it tends to be a lot more accurate than GPS. Autoblog says the accuracy
improvement could mean the difference between a vessel surfacing three feet off its intended position,
or a mile off its intended position.

Apparently, in its current state, the Quantum Compass is about a meter long. Once it’s miniaturized, it
can be used by individuals. It’s still a ways off from being available to the public, but once again,
military innovation could help shape our future.

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