Introduction Of the Trimble Lassen LP Starter Kit GPS Unit

This site is designed to aid amateurs in the use of the GPS unit. The unit discussed is the Trible-produced Lassen LP Starter Kit, a micro-miniature, high-performance, GPS board. It offers high-speed sinal acquisition, power-conserving modes, a serial I/O port for flexible integration, and offers several output languages from which to choose. What this means for you is a perfect starter kit for those interested in weather balloons and other high altitude programs.

What does GPS stand for? -This is a short, but easy-to-understand introduction to the concept of GPS.

Components

A brief description of all the parts included in the Starter Kit, as well as their functions.

Receiver Module
Antenna
DC Power Cable
Serial Cable
GPS Tool Kit Software

Interface Protocols

In other words, a description of the "languages" the GPS unit operates in.

TSIP -Trimble Standard Interface Protocol
TAIP -Trimble ASCII Interface Protocol
NMEA 0183 -National Marines Electronics Association

Choosing Languages

TSIP/TAIP/NMEA

Setting Up

Hardware
Software

What You Should See with the TSIPMonitor32 Program

Because of initial confusion, words and definitions may seem more difficult than they appear. This description will attempt to alleviate this sense of bafflement.

Select Serial Port -The very first message you will see.
Timing
ENU Velocity
Change In Position
Position
Status
Satellite Data
DOPs

Coordinate System Outputs (By Language)

TSIP Output
TAIP Output
NMEA 0183 Output

In-Depth Look At TSIPCHAT

In-Depth TSIPCHAT

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

Links

Trimble's Support Page-Support for Trimble's products.
Keith Sevcik's Page-A great introduction to robotics.
Bill Green's Page-Very cool site. Has many of his projects.
Rares Stanciu's Page-Many tutorials and interesting projects.
Dr. Paul Oh's Page-Slick. Many simple tutorials for beginners.