How are GPS satellites powered?

Geospatial Technology, Science for Youth October 14, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

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The GPS satellites are mainly powered by solar energy, or energy from the sun. They do have backup batteries in case of a solar eclipse, and they each have small rocket boosters to keep them moving in the right direction.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.