Global Positioning System (GPS)

Navstar-2F GPS satellite

GPS – The Global Positioning System was first developed by the Defense Department in 1957 and became fully operational in 1993. Today, the GPS is used by pilots, adventurers, and lost travelers.

Global Positioning System (GPS) – satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the U.S. Department of Defense. GPS was originally intended for military applications, but in the 1980s, the government made the system available for civilian use. GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day.

In addition to traditional navigation for planes and boats, GPS technology is found many new and important uses.

Mine Kafon – a unique minefield sweeper that destroys all mines in its path. The autonomous, wind-powered design is equipped with GPS sensor to enable it to track its path and declare it safe. Saving lives and limbs with every gust. Similar to a supersized dandelion in shape, Mine Kafon is built to be wind-powered, and heavy enough to trigger mines as it rolls across the ground. It is made from dozens of bamboo legs radiating from the centre, with round plastic ‘feet’ that apply pressure to the ground. At the centre of the design is a GPS unit that will track the path cleared by the Mine Kafon. While some of its bamboo legs are destroyed in the explosions, Hassani claims that it can withstand up to four explosions before it loses it’s spherical shape and thus the ability to roll.