12. Navigation Satellites

  1. Anil K. Maini and
  2. Varsha Agrawal

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch12

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Maini, A. K. and Agrawal, V. (2010) Navigation Satellites, in Satellite Technology, Second Edition, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711736.ch12

Author Information

  1. Both of Laser Science and Technology Centre, Defence Research and Development Organization, Ministry of Defence, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470660249

Online ISBN: 9780470711736



  • navigation satellites;
  • navigation, art of determining position of platform - or object at any specified time;
  • satellite navigation systems development;
  • Doppler-based navigation systems - systems based on principle of ‘trileration’;
  • principle of operation of trileration-based satellite navigation systems;
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) Program, or Navigation Satellite Timing and Ranging (NAVSTAR);
  • control segment of GPS system - world wide network of five monitor stations;
  • GPS satellite signal structure and typical values of errors - for GPS and DGPS systems;
  • control segment, comprising control tracking stations (CTS), system control centre (SCC) and quantum optical tracking stations (QOTS);
  • integration of GPS and GLONASS systems - improving positioning accuracy as well as system reliability


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Development of Satellite Navigation Systems

  • Global Positioning System (GPS)

  • Working Principle of the GPS

  • GPS Positioning Services and Positioning Modes

  • GPS Error Sources

  • GLONASS Satellite System

  • GPS-GLONASS Integration

  • Applications of Satellite Navigation Systems

  • Future of Satellite Navigation Systems

  • Further Reading

  • Glossary