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Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS)

in Navigation Systems

Differential global positioning systems (DGPS) are designed to improve the accuracy of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) by measuring changes in variables to provide satellite positioning corrections.

Because multiple receivers receiving the same set of satellites produce similar errors, a reference receiver placed at a known location can compute its theoretical position accurately and can compare that value to the measurements provided by the navigation satellite signals. The difference in measurement between the two signals is an error that can be corrected by providing a reference signal correction.

As a result of this differential input accuracy of the satellite system can be increased to meters. The Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) and Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS) are examples of differential global positioning systems.


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