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Course 111: Fundamentals of GPS (0.6 CEUs) (Public or On-site)
Instructor(s): Dr. Chris Hegarty, MITRE


This is a 1-day course that presents an overview of how the GPS systems works, its historical evolution, its many applications, and its policy and operational considerations. See below for more information about this course. (Note: This course is the same as Day 1 of Course 346 or Day 1 of Course 356. This single-day course is not always available at publicly presented courses. When it is not, we suggest the two-day Course 122, sometimes called Course 123.)


To give a comprehensive introduction to GPS and DGPS technology, system concepts, design, operation, implementation and applications.


None, however, reading GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems, by NovAtel, Inc. is strongly recommended.

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for those technicians, engineers, managers and technical sales staff with a good electronics apptitude who are new to GPS and need an overview of the basic elements of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Materials You Will Keep

  •  A color electronic copy of all course notes will be provided on a USB Drive or CD-ROM. Bringing a laptop to this class is highly recommended; power access will be provided. 
  •  A black and white hard copy of the course notes will also be provided. 
  • Public Venue Course Fee Entitles You to the Following Books ((Note: This arrangement does not apply to on-site contracts. Any books for on-site group contracts are negotiated on a case by case basis.)
  •  Course 111: GPS Positioning Guide, Geodetic Survey Div., EMR Canada, 1993

Day 1, Morning

Fundamentals of GPS Operation. Overview of how the system works. U.S. policy and current status. 

GPS System Description
● Overview and terminology
● Principles of operation
● Augmentation
● Trilateration
● Performance overview
● Modernization
GPS Policy and Context
● Condensed navigation system history
● GPS policy and governance
● Modernization program
● Ground segment
● Other satellite navigation systems
GPS Applications
● Land
● Marine
● Aviation
● Science
● Personal navigation
● Accuracy measures
● Error sources

Day 1, Afternoon

Legacy of GPS Signals
● Signal structrue and characteristics
● Modulations: BPSK, DSSS, BOC
● Signal generation
● Navigation data
Measurements and Positioning
● Pseudorange and carrier phase measurements
● Least squares solution
● Disolution of precision
● Types of position solutions
GPS Receiver Basics
● Types of receivers
● Functional overview
● Antennas
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