Military Robotics

Autonomous GPS Navigated Weapons

Posted 10 Oct 2001 at 17:46 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

This article on Space.com talks about how satellites play a crucial role in ground battles. Also, this link on CNN.com shows that about all of the weapons the military are using that nearly all are made smart by GPS navigation systems. Isn't it amazing that all of these UAV robotic weapons are using GPS? And, isn't it amazing that the technology has even come this far? Years ago, did you ever think that we'd someday be using GPS guided weapons? Even the once dump bombs that drop from planes now have smart GPS guidance systems to help them locate their targets: see the JDAM bombs. It's like just about all of the weapons now they just give them a task and then they carry that task out autonomously. I guess this is the unheralded beginning of robotic warfare?

This was the original intent., posted 11 Oct 2001 at 04:16 UTC by phooky » (Journeyer)

GPS was originally developed and deployed for precisely these applications. The commercial and personal uses came along later. If I recall correctly, this is why you used to need DGPS towers for non-military applications-- there was an encoded fudge factor in the signals of some sort to prevent others from using GPS against us. [It's been years since I messed with this stuff, though, so I may not have it right...]

spoofing, posted 11 Oct 2001 at 04:34 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

I wonder how easy it would be for some tech savy enemy to spoof a GPS signal and cause the missles to go off course? I'm guessing Afganistan wouldn't have that kind of technology, but if in the event the war was with someone more tech savy probably these missles wouldn't have the same effect I'm guessing.

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