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Arduino Robotic Projects

By : Richard Grimmett
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Arduino Robotic Projects

By: Richard Grimmett

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Arduino Robotic Projects
About the Author
About the Reviewers

GPS tutorial

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a system of satellites that transmits signals. GPS devices use these signals to calculate a position. There are a total of 24 satellites that transmit signals all around the earth at any given moment, but your device can only see the signal from a much smaller set of satellites.

Each of these satellites transmits a very accurate time signal that your device can receive and interpret. It receives the time signal from each of these satellites, and then, based on the delay (the time it takes the signal to reach the device), it calculates the receiver's position using a technique called triangulation.

The following two diagrams illustrate how the device uses the delay differences from three satellites to calculate its position:

The GPS device is able to detect the three signals and the time delays associated with receiving these signals.


Time delay refers to the time difference between the travel time of each of these three signals.

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