Global Positioning System

Radio Waves
Nour Akl and India Woods

Three Facts:

1) There are always at least 24 active GPS satellites circling Earth

2) Each GPS satellite goes around the world once every 12 hours

3) The first GPS satellite was launched in 1978.

GPS Information

Radio waves

How Radio Waves Are Used in GPS Signals

The GPS satellites in space transfer radio waves back and forth from your device back to the satellites and input your location into your device by the signal the satellites receive.

Something Extra!
Fun Facts

- GPS satellites circle the earth twice a day in a very precise orbit.

- GPS can track anything anywhere on the planet with direct locations!

- GPS also makes it easier to find oil, coal, and track wildlife!

- GPS technology was first identified in the 1950s! A lot earlier than what most people might think!


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