Phone showing GPSNavigating around the country, the world, or even in outer space is becoming more possible — and not to mention, easier. All these are thanks to technological advancements in the field of global navigation.

Perhaps many people are familiar with the words Global Positioning System (GPS). But, there is something larger and way beyond GPS known as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

What Is GNSS?

GNSS provides global coverage through the use of a constellation of satellites, which provide signals from space. These signals are sent to GNSS receivers and are used to determine various locations. The accuracy of such navigational system undergoes GNSS simulation, allowing it to provide global coverage.

GNSS is the larger umbrella of navigational systems. The U.S. made and owned GPS, the Russian Federation’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), Europe’s Galileo, and China’s Bei Dou Navigation and Satellite System are the types of different navigational systems available around the world.

How Is GNSS Effectively Used?

1. Surveying, Mapping

Locations can be surveyed and maps made more accurate with the help of GNSS. This can also be used not just in map making but also in aerial surveys.

2. Location Based

Uber and Waze are two of the best examples of location-based services. These are applications that are dependent on user location. Services are rendered based on the location of the user. Therefore making it easy for people to find their way around unfamiliar places and monitor their trip.

3. Civil Application

GNSS was initially made for military use, but it eventually became available for civilian use. Nowadays, airline, transportation, and production industries are just among the numerous sectors that make use of GNSS for their operations.

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Thanks to GNSS, the world is able to become more connected and smaller. Further technological advancements would surely bring on more advanced changes that the whole planet can use and enjoy.