Sunday, March 18, 2012

GPS Trivia Quiz

GPS Block IIIA satellite

GPS is far more pervasive than most people realize, and it impacts most people’s lives daily. But how much do you actually know about GPS? Last week, I put together a brief article about the common GPS myths.

Today, just for fun, I we have a short GPS quiz with some common (and not-so-common) questions. Let me know how many you got right in the comments!

GPS Quiz

  1. What does GPS stand for?
    • Global Positioning System
    • Global Positioning Satellites
  2. In what year was the first GPS satellite launched?
    • 1967
    • 1982
    • 1994
    • 1978
  3. How many satellites currently make up the GPS constellation?
    • 22
    • 24
    • 31
    • 34
  4. How many other countries have completed their own global navigational satellite system?
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  5. How many Galileo satellites are currently in orbit?
    • 4
    • 6
    • 8
    • 12
  6. Which US President removed Selective Availability from GPS?
    • Bill Clinton
    • George H.W. Bush
    • Jimmy Carter
    • Ronald Reagan
  7. Where is the Main Control for the GPS system?
    • Nevada
    • Colorado
    • West Virginia
    • Montana
  8. Garmin, the biggest maker of GPS devices, is headquartered where?
    • Chicago, IL
    • St. Louis, MO
    • Olathe, KS
    • San Dimas, CA
  9. How many satellites are required for a horizontal fix on your position?
    • 5
    • 4
    • 3
    • 2
  10. When was the GPS constellation completed?
    • 1998
    • 1987
    • 1983
    • 1994

Answers

 

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1: Global Positioning System
2: 1978
3: 31
4: 1
5: 6
6: Bill Clinton
7: Colorado
8: Olathe, KS
9: 3
10: 1994

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