Tag Archives: Navigation

Calculating distance from Lat & Lon coordinates using Python & Pandas

Given a GPS log file structured as follows (column separators omitted for clarity): Speed Latitud Longitud Time 2019-01-07 06:15:27 0 59.649582 17.721365 2019-01-07 06:16:28 0 59.649583 17.721372 2019-01-07 06:17:28 0 59.649583 17.721370 2019-01-07 06:18:28 0 59.649583 17.721372 2019-01-07 06:19:29 0 … Continue reading

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Parsing NMEA 0183 sentences in Python

My skipper has recently bought an NMEA wifi gateway, which means that the NMEA messages from the various onboard instruments on his yacht are broadcasted on the yacht’s wifi network. This makes it very easy to grab the NMEA messages, … Continue reading

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Map Projections using Python & Basemap

The numerous external libraries available for Python continue impressing me, in scope, numbers and ease of use.  A couple of hours ago I googled for chartographic tools for Python, and found the Basemap-library, an add-on to Matplotlib. For whatever reason, … Continue reading

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Great Circle Navigation

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, right…? Nope, not on the surface of a sphere, like our earth. On a sphere, the shortest distance between two points is a Great Circle.  Let’s say you are a … Continue reading

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