Problem of the Week: Global Positioning System (GPS) Problems: Space Segment

What is the name given to the GPS satellites?

A. OSCAR
B. NOVA
C. NAVSTAR
D. ATLAS

Solution:
The GPS satellites are named NAVSTAR, an acronym for Navigation System by Timing And Ranging. The NAVSTAR number, such as NAVSTAR 8, indicates the launch sequence of the space vehicle to which it is assigned.

Answer: C

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