Accession Number : ADA305283

Title :   The Global Positioning System: Assessing National Policies,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Pace, Scott ; Frost, Gerald ; Lachow, Irving ; Frelinger, David ; Fossum, Donna

PDF Url : ADA305283

Report Date : 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 395

Abstract : The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S. military space system operated by the U.S. Air Force. The space segment of GPS consists of a constellation of 24 satellites that broadcast precise time signals. When the satellites are in view of a suitable GPS receiver, these signals aid position-location, navigation, and precision timing. GPS was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense and deployed over two decades at a cost of over $10 billion. The U.S. armed forces are increasingly reliant on its signals for a variety of purposes from navigation to munitions guidance. However, over the past 10 years, GPS has evolved far beyond its military origins. It is now a worldwide information resource supporting a wide range of civil, scientific, and commercial functions, from air traffic control to the Internet. GPS has also spawned a substantial commercial industry in the United States and abroad with rapidly growing markets for related products and services.

Descriptors :   *POLICIES, *GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM, FUNCTIONS, POSITION(LOCATION), AIR FORCE, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES, COMMERCE, SPACE SYSTEMS, RADIO BROADCASTING, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, COSTS, NAVIGATION, SIGNALS, RADIO RECEIVERS, PRECISION, AMMUNITION, RESOURCES, GUIDANCE, RANGE(EXTREMES), TIME SIGNALS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE