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This article explains how the Global Positioning System works, including how a GPS receiver determines locations on Earth using satellite information, and how general and special relativity affect the signals transmitted from satellites. The article also links to a NASA video on GPS.
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Keywords: GPS, relativity, satellites
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(Institute of Physics, London, 2006), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=55).
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How does GPS work?, (Institute of Physics, London, 2006), <http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=55>.
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How does GPS work?. (2011, August 29). Retrieved October 25, 2014, from Institute of Physics: http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=55
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Institute of Physics. How does GPS work?. London: Institute of Physics, August 29, 2011. http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=55 (accessed 25 October 2014).
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How does GPS work?. London: Institute of Physics, 2006. 29 Aug. 2011. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=55>.
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