# Pseudorange

## Pseudo distance between a satellite and a navigation satellite receiver / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The **pseudorange** (from pseudo- and range) is the *pseudo* distance between a satellite and a navigation satellite receiver (see GNSS positioning calculation), for instance Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

To determine its position, a satellite navigation receiver will determine the ranges to (at least) four satellites as well as their positions at time of transmitting. Knowing the satellites' orbital parameters, these positions can be calculated for any point in time. The pseudoranges of each satellite are obtained by multiplying the speed of light by the time the signal has taken from the satellite to the receiver. As there are accuracy errors in the time measured, the term *pseudo*-ranges is used rather than ranges for such distances.