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GPS is an acronym that stands for Global Positioning System. It refers to a technology for determining locations using signals broadcast from a network of satellites operated by the United States government.

The technology allows a GPS receiver to determine its location (latitude, longitude and elevation) by comparing signals transmitted by GPS satellites that orbit Earth.

The United States created the system to support its military, but it has also made the service available to people around the world for civilian purposes.

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