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United States Policy

Since the 1980s, multiple U.S. presidents have issued consistent policies encouraging the worldwide use of GPS for peaceful purposes. Congress has enacted elements of these policies as permanent law.

The stability and transparency of U.S. policy, combined with a long track record of dependable GPS service, have laid a solid foundation for investment and innovation in GPS technology. As a result, the commercial use of GPS technology has flourished, transforming the way we live and work today.

GPS Policy Highlights

The U.S. Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Policy of 2021, signed by President Trump, establishes the following goal:

“[T]o maintain United States leadership in the service provision, and responsible use of global navigation satellite systems, including GPS and foreign systems.”

This goal statement reiterates language from the National Space Policy of 2020. The government achieves this goal in a number of ways, including:

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