Like so many other high-tech developments, GPS was designed by the U.S. military. The concept started in the late 60s, but the first satellite was not launched until February 1978. In 1989, the Magellan Corp introduced the first hand-held GPS receiver. In 1992, GPS was used in Operation Desert Storm. On March 1996, the President decided to make GPS free for civilian users.

When did the first concept for developing GPS begin?

The late 60s


" The concept started in the late 60s". The first satellite did not launch for quite some time after the initial concept was started. The other dates are steps toward GPS deployment for civilian use.

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