Satellite Positioning System (glossary)

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A positioning system based upon receipt of signals broadcast from satellites.

Note to entry: In this context, satellite positioning implies the use of radio signals transmitted from "active" artificial objects orbiting the Earth and received by "passive" instruments on or near the Earth's surface to determine position, velocity, and/or attitude of an object. Examples are GPS and GLONASS.


ISO TC211. Satellite positioning system. In: ISO TC211 Multilingual Glossary. Version from 2020-06-02. Concept ID: 392. Available at:



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