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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.
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Keywords: GPS, relativity, satellites
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How does GPS work? (Institute of Physics, Philadelphia, 2006), <>.
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How does GPS work?. (2011, August 29). Retrieved June 16, 2024, from Institute of Physics:
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Institute of Physics. How does GPS work?. Philadelphia: Institute of Physics, August 29, 2011. (accessed 16 June 2024).
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How does GPS work?. Philadelphia: Institute of Physics, 2006. 29 Aug. 2011. 16 June 2024 <>.
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