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GPS vs GPS/EGNOS

The main objective of the EGNOS OS is to improve the achievable positioning accuracy by correcting several error sources affecting the GPS signals. The corrections transmitted by EGNOS contribute to mitigate the ranging error sources related to satellite clocks, satellite position and ionospheric effects. The other error sources (tropospheric effects, multipath and user receiver contributions) are local effects that cannot be corrected by a global augmentation system. EGNOS can also detect distortions affecting the signals transmitted by GPS, preventing users from tracking unhealthy or misleading signals that could lead to wrong positioning.The EGNOS OS is accessible in Europe to any user equipped with an appropriate GPS/SBAS compatible receiver for which no specific receiver certification is required.