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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

President Obama's National Space Policy of 2010 states,

“The United States must maintain its leadership in the service, provision, and use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).”

The government achieves this goal in a number of ways, including:

30 Years of Civil GPS Access Commitments

September 16, 2013, marked the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's original commitment to make GPS available to civilians. He made the commitment in a press statement following the tragic loss of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, which was shot down after straying into Soviet airspace.

Read the 1983 statement

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