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The GPS Satellite Network - Now Part of Our Everyday Lives

Jul 4, 2008
In a very short space of time, the Global Positioning System (GPS) has become integrated into the lives of the billions of people on earth. Originally designed and implemented by the United State's Defense Department, it is still managed by the US Air force today.

The GPS has 38 satellites in its network which are constantly orbiting 12,000 miles above the globe. They take less than 24 hours to orbit the Earth twice. This is mind boggling when you think about how this network can pinpoint your position 12,000 miles above you.

The 38 GPS satellites travel at about 7,000 mph and are powered using solar panels attached to their bodies. Small booster rockets work to keep the satellites on the correct orbit around the Earth. For consumers, there are three broad types of GPS units available to them to buy: Navigation, Tracking and Location.

Those units that are encompassed by the Navigation category are designed to enable the user to know wherever they are located on Earth down to just a few meters and then show them how to travel to their chosen destination. These devices can be used in your car, commercial vehicles, on motorbikes and can even come as small portable hand-held GPS devices.

Tracking GPS units track where a vehicle has traveled to and are used mainly in business to keep check of personal and commercial use by employees, and to replace the old fashion pencil and paper logs that are often lost or unreliable. Some of the more superior tracking devices only record when a vehicle is moving, ensuring that the GPS unit doesn't record unwanted information.

Some GPS devices are used to only report the location of the vehicles or users of the device. These GPS units have none or only a small capacity to be used as a tracking or navigation tool. They are often used in situation where a person or asset has been lost or stolen and the exact location needs to be reported to successfully recover the item.

These location GPS units phone home by using satellite celluar technology to report its current location. Thus, there are recurrent costs that are incurred when using this technology, unlike GPS tracking units.

The use of GPS technology is literally endless and as it continues to improve it will creep more and more into our everyday lives. These days you can buy GPS units for your motorcycle, jet ski or even ones that are hand held. Some GPS units are even specifically designed for golf players. What will you use your GPS for?
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Derrick Bogaster owns the Motorcycle GPS Store where you can find amazing prices on GPS units specifically designed for motorcycles. GPS units include Garmin Zumo, TomTom Rider and Quest.
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