GPS vs. GNSS: Understanding PNT Satellite Systems

A GNSS, or Global Navigation Satellite System, is a generic name for a group of artificial satellites that send position and timing data from their high orbits. The GPS, or Global Positioning System, is just one of the many different sets of satellites that can provide such data.

Most satellite navigation systems operate on similar principles. The satellites are arranged in geosynchronous orbits – Each one's speed and altitude is carefully controlled so that it stays in the same place in the sky.