Rockwell Collins celebrates 40 years since receiving the world’s first GPS satellite signal
DCEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Working well after midnight 40 years ago, on July 19, 1977, a Rockwell Collins engineer received a signal from the world’s first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite known as NTS-2. Since then the technology has grown to be the standard of navigation around the world and touches nearly every part of our daily lives. Rockwell Collins has continued to pioneer advancements in GPS introducing more than 50 GPS products including GPS anti-jam and precision landing systems, and as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of that historical day, Rockwell Colins has delivered more than one million GPS receivers for commercial avionics and government applications, helping shape how the world navigates both on the ground and in the air.