Location navigators have been a useful tool that was used as early as the 1940s during World War II, like GPS. Nowadays, people depend on navigators especially to tourists who are new to a place. Global Positioning System is used to exactly locate a device’s position in the globe.
A great challenge would be driving a car in the Moon from Oceanus Procellarum to the Sea of Tranquility. GPS could create a great provision if this NASA research will succeed.
Your position in the Earth could easily be located by familiarizing the different facilities, houses, paths, buildings, etc around you. Knowing exactly where you are in the globe is quite easy through familiarization. This also applies to the outer space. Stars are fixed and by triangulating them as well as familiarizing landmarks, spacecraft may identify its location accurately. Though that would take a lot of time and effort.
“NASA has been pushing high-altitude GPS technology for years,” said Luke Winternitz, MMS system architect. “GPS around the Moon is the next frontier.”
Bringing smartphones in the outer space is possible but quite useless. Devices are calibrated for catching and calculating signals from satellites that are supposedly in orbit above us and within a specific limit of distances. Unlike when devices are on Earth, it would only take a fraction of a second for an orbit to reach us, while when you are near Moon it would take a long time like a second or so, it may affect the fundamentals of the receiving and processing systems.
NASA Goddard is now working on a new navigational device that accepts high-gain antenna that improves the NavCube space GPS system and even the terrestrial entities in mobile phones.
This mission lets you use GPS instead of relying on NASA’s network. If this succeeds, it could empower the institution to foster and cater work on other missions.
The lunar NavCube hardware is expected to be built by the end of 2019. That includes a flight to the Moon to test it the soonest.