GPS Celebrates 25th Year Of Operation
The Global Positioning System, better known as GPS, marks its 25th year of operation Apr. 27, 2020. On this date in 1995, the system reached full operational capability, meaning the system met all performance requirements. U.S. Air Force Space Command formally announced the milestone three months later.
"This is a major milestone," Gen. Thomas S. Moorman Jr., former Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, said in 1995. "GPS has become integral to our warfighters and is rapidly becoming a true utility in the civilian community."
Initially developed for the military to meet a critical need for determining precise location on the battlefield, GPS has also become an integral part of technology affecting the lives of billions of people worldwide.
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