GPS and GNSS

Course Description

Today GPS is critical to positioning, navigation, and timing. The smooth functioning of financial transactions, air traffic, ATMs, cell phones and modern life in general around the world depend on GPS. This very criticality requires continuous modernization. The oldest satellites in the current constellation were launched in the 1990s. If you imagine using a computer of that vintage today, it is not surprising that the system is being substantially updated. Global Positioning System (GPS) is now a part of a growing international context-the Global Navigation Satellite System, GNSS. This course dives into how GPS and other GNSS systems are designed, how they operate, and the impacts they have on spatial analysis and spatially-enabled systems.

This course is part of the following programs: Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Masters of Geographic Information Systems, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Jan Van Sickle

I am Jan Van Sickle, and I am the course lead instructor. In this course we will look at some of the upcoming advancements in GNSS. We will take some time to delve into the architecture of the current system and then study the new directions. GPS is about to become part of a larger Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and that interoperability will be discussed. I have worked with GPS for more than twenty years. I was fortunate to work with the first commercially available GPS receiver, the Macrometer in the early 80s. I have received my PhD in GIS Engineering. I have written three texts on geospatial topics including GPS for Land Surveyors.

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