DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that the U.S. government provides GPS service worldwide for free? The service is being funded by the government through while U.S. taxpayer's money. The estimated amount paid by Americans for this service is 2 million dollars a day. The GPS technology is a big part of modern society as it is used for everyday driving by ordinary citizens. However, it was originally used for military purposes during the Cold War. In 1983, Korean Air flight 007 was shot down by Soviet interceptors when it went off-course and passed by Soviet airspace. All passengers and crew aboard the civilian flight, including a sitting US congressman, were killed. Following that event, President Reagan announced that GPS would be made available for free for civilian use. This was to avoid any such disasters in the future. Basically, it took political will in order for the service to be free.
At present, the U.S. Air Force manages a constellation of 31 operational GPS satellites. The constellation is managed to ensure the availability of at least 24 GPS satellites, 95 percent of the time. This technology has been very important in the everyday lives of people and in the course of everyday businesses. All it takes to find something using GPS is a few clicks using cellphone tracking apps available. One can download phone tracker apps to be able to find anything, anytime.