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1957 The Soviet Union launches the first satellite, Sputnik I.


1959 The United States Navy created the first functioning satellite navigation system, which was called TRANSIT. The system was launched with six satellites, but eventually 10 satellites were used to locate submarines.


1967 The United States Navy created the Timation satellite.


1974 The United States launches the first NAVSTAR satellite.

Even before GPS was developed, fleet telematics was invented in 1974 -- or at least the origins of it.


1978 After spending more than a decade developing NAVSTAR, which stands for Navigation System with Timing and Ranging, the military launched the first satellite that was to be part of the NAVSTAR system in February, 1978.


Beginning in 1980, the satellites also had sensors, which were designed to identify the launch or detonation of nuclear weapons.


1983 In 1983, after Soviet interceptor aircraft shot down the civilian airliner KAL 007 in restricted Soviet airspace, killing all 269 people on board, United States President Ronald Reagan announced that the GPS system would be made available for civilian uses once it was completed.


1985 Private companies begin making portable GPS receivers for the United States government.


The United States Air Force scrubbed its original plan to launch the satellite on the space shuttle after the Challenger disaster occurred in 1986, killing everyone aboard the space aircraft.


What is known, however, is that a UPS driver picked up the first batch of approximately 20 Magellan NAV 1000s from Magellan on May 25, 1989.


1990 The United States Department of Defense creates Selective Availability, which makes GPS readings less accurate for non-military users.


Old Satellite Orbiting Earth 1991 The oldest GPS satellite still in operation was launched in August 1991.

1991 Although not all of the newest satellites are in place, the United States uses GPS during the Gulf War.


1992 The 2nd Space Wing, which originally managed the system, was de-activated and replaced by the 50th Space Wing in 1992.


The government granted access to GPS tech in 1993, which meant commercial drivers could finally use this method of mapping for route development.


1995 The GPS system had a complete constellation of 27 satellites in 1995.


In 1996, President Bill Clinton determined that the system could be an asset to citizens and also the military, and issued a policy instruction that will require the development of a public system benefitting the daily user.


In fact, the first Internet-based fleet management system called PHH InterActive was established in 1997.


1998 In 1998, United States Vice President Al Gore announced plans to upgrade GPS with two new civilian signals for enhanced user accuracy and reliability, particularly with respect to aviation safety.


2000 Selective availability was discontinued, allowing users outside the US military to receive a full quality signal on May 2, 2000.

2000 In May of 2000, president Bill Clinton ended the military s deliberate degradation of civilian GPS signals that had started before the first Gulf War.


2001 Since it was originally introduced, GPS receiver technology became more affordable over time.


Two GPS developers have received the National Academy of Engineering Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2003.


2004 In 2004, United States President George W. Bush updated the national policy, replacing the executive board with the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee.

GLONASS GLObal NAvigation Satellite System is operated by Russia, although with only twelve active satellites as of 2004.

2004 Qualcomm, an electronics company, is the first to put live GPS on a mobile phone.


2005 Civilians get the first GPS channel for their use alone thanks to the new Block IIR satellites.


One GPS developer, Roger L. Easton, received the National Medal of Technology on February 13, 2006 at the White House.

In 2006, the final GPS satellite was launched to orbit the earth.


2007 In September, 2007, the United States government announced that the third generation of GPS satellites, GPS III, would be manufactured without the Selective Availability feature.


There are plans to restore GLONASS to full operation by 2008 with assistance from India.


Joined by China, Israel, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and South Korea, and Ukraine, the European Union developed plans for Galileo to be operational by 2010.

2010 United States launches first of 12 Block IIF satellites.


2011 In June of this year, the United States Air Force increased the size of the GPS system s working constellation into the Expandable 24 format.

In its 2011 study, NDP Consulting reported that companies that used a GPS fleet management system received 40 percent fewer citations for excessive speed.


2012 As of 2012, the United States Air Force oversaw the operation of a constellation consisting of 31 working GPS satellites as well as three decommissioned satellites.


In December 2015, a new option for the modern fleet tracking system became necessary when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA published a ruling that will require all commercial vehicles to maintain electronic logs instead of paper logs.


2016 As of June, 2016, the GPS system s constellation included 31 working satellites.


As of May 2020, confirms there are 29 operational satellites.

Published on June 23, 2020 in Fleet Management by Aarthi Ravikumar.

2020 Plans to launch another satellite are put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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