- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

DENVER (AP) - While most people take using GPS on their phone for granted, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is saying thank you by declaring Friday “GPS Day” in honor of 20 years with the service.

The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1LbpT9B ) that the Global Positioning System was declared fully operational by the U.S. Air Force July 17, 1995. Since then it has been operated by the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs and provided to the world for free.

Data from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp shows there are 4 billion GPS-enabled devices worldwide.

Hickenlooper will declare Friday a holiday to recognize the contributions of Colorado companies including ground control systems and next-generation GPS technologies.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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