The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a network of about 30 satellites orbiting the Earth at an altitude of about 1,200 miles away. Once your phone has information on how far away at least three satellites are, your GPS receiver can pinpoint your location using a process called trilateration. This is apparently an interaction that occurs between your cell phone and the series of satellites themselves.

Although I could not find a video that explains how the satellite receives the request for a location to be found, we will presume that a cell tower near your transmits that data to the satellites before bouncing a radio wave at the supposed one way speed of light from the vacuum of space 1,200 miles away. Three satellites in the vacuum of space from more than 1,200 miles away… the speed of light… and you… what else could be more impressive?

According to USA Today, they seemed to be confused. Because, on one hand we are told that your phone personally interacts with an orbiting object in deep space. While on the other hand (in the same breath) we are told that your phone interacts with a series of land based towers doing the exact same thing the satellites do with trilateration while never needing to access the satellites. If the towers already do this, pinpointing your location, why do we even need the satellites for GPS?

With that, the more logical answer is probably usually the correct answer.

On one hand you are going to have me believe that more than 6.8 billion people are accessing a meager 30 satellites simultaneously… when in fact the cell towers you see popping up left and right are just as capable of creating this same type of trilateration (and that chances are this trilateration is occurring only a few blocks away via a tower rather than from way out in deep space)?

And besides, isn’t there a difference between a cell phone and a SAT phone? If my cell phone is already connecting with a satellite then wouldn’t it be considered a SAT phone?

But honestly, that is beside the point. If we are in fact receiving signals from satellites that are in orbit, then let’s first take a look at what is required for these objects to maintain orbit.

It comes down to velocity verses gravity.

Or, so we are told. It’s all about orbital velocity – the proper speed that creates a stable orbit based on its altitude. It is a delicate balancing act. Too fast, and the satellite will escape gravity. Too slow, and gravity will pull it down to earth.

So… here is the thing. It seems like we are leaving out a few things to consider. If an orbiting object needs to be going a specific speed based on how close it is to another object with a great enough amount of mass that generates gravitational force, then please go a little deeper than this video above. You see, of all the videos I have watched trying to explain how satellites orbit, all of them are forgetting some of the major details regarding velocity. Not only does gravity play a factor, but so does velocity (which every video on this topic as agreed upon). And since velocity obviously plays a major role, then the actual velocity of more than just the satellite should take some consideration.

What am I getting at?

Why are we leaving out the fact that the earth has a velocity of 18.5 miles a second as it travels around the sun. How come that velocity isn’t a factor? Wouldn’t the satellite also need to account for the fact that the gravitational object is moving away from it or toward it at nearly 66,600 miles per hour?

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Or, better yet… how about the fact that the earth is traveling parallel with the sun as they both travel around the Milky Way at more than 143 miles per second? If velocity is a factor, then how is it possible for a satellite to establish orbit to being with if the velocities that it is competing with exceed its speed by more than 570,000 miles per hour (that’s about 836,000 feet per second).

With that in mind, how is it possible for velocity to be a factor when the opposing velocity of the object the satellite is trying to orbit is left out of the equation?

But, I digress.

Let’s pretend that I am not making any sense and move on. Despite the fact that cell towers accomplish the exact same thing that we are told satellites do, I have noticed a rise in how many towers are being built up in my area.

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With that, I have been seeing these things pop up in my area like crazy. I don’t actually have any real numbers to back this, but… it honestly seems like there is a tower at a minimum of 2 miles squared in Austin Texas these days. Every two miles you will see one. And that is being generous considering the fact that some towers are only blocks apart from one another (if not in the same parking lot with one another).

If satellites play such a major role for cell phone use, then why all the cell phone towers?

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Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t that I don’t think satellites are real. They are very real. They just don’t exist in deep space like we are made to believe. But, don’t ask me. Just ask Google what they have been up to with Project Loon.

Because, you know… this isn’t an actual NASA satellite launch or anything.

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And this isn’t an actual satellite crash or anything…

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Or this one either…

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Honestly, I feel like I have a lot more to say… but I feel like this post is becoming a little lengthy. With that, I am done with this rant. Nothing man made has ever exceeded 400 miles above the ground. And the things that do stay up there are tied to balloons.

1 Corinthians 3:19 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

I don’t know much. But I do know this. We are being fed a lot of lies. With that, if I am wrong… show me a photo of an actual satellite in space (and no, a CGI photoshop cartoon does not count).

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