WORLD'S FIRST GPS
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
What was the world's first GPS?
The credit for the world's first
GPS goes to the American Department of Defense.
In 1973 DOD decided to develop a satellite navigation
The system was
originally developed to work with 24 satellites and in 1980 the first 'Block I' satellite
after Korean Airline Flight 007 was shot down after it had gone lost over Soviet
territory, civilian use of the GPS system was approved.
It took until 1994 for all 24 satellites to be launched
and the system to be fully functional.
Some GPS facts:
The proper name of the system is
NAVSTAR or Navigation System for Timing and Ranging.
There are now over 30 satellites
that orbit the earth at a distance of 20200 km.
Each satellite weighs 1,900 pounds
and is about the size of a small car.
At least four satellites are
always in touch with every point on the planet.
The first major use of the GPS on
a commercial level was by the trucking industry.
Page Sponsored By: