FAA reports improved GPS coverage across US

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reported its Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting 5 Wide Area Augmentation System navigation payload is now operational and fully integrated into the WAAS network, the company said.

The GEO 5 payload, developed by Raytheon´s (NYSE: RTN) Intelligence, Information and Services business, joins two others already on orbit in correcting GPS satellite signal ionospheric disturbances, timing issues, and minor orbit adjustments, giving users increased coverage, improved accuracy, and better reliability.

In operation since 2003, WAAS increases GPS satellite signal accuracy from 10 meters to 1 meter, ensuring GPS signals meet rigorous air navigation performance and safety requirements for all classes of aircraft in all phases of flight.

Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions.