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Satellite Space Race

by gps4us news 2012-02-04 18:21

 

 

The competition among providers of global satellite navigational systems is continuously stiffening. Gone are the days when GPS was the only global navigation satellite system. Russian GLONASS system has been operational for a while now, and recently have been incorporated into new products from major manufacturers. Apple’s iPhone 4s boasts GLONASS support, and so do latest offerings from Garmin, like eTrex. Chinese Compass system is already operational in China, and is planned to have global coverage by 2020.

 

February has brought an announcement that OHB AG, a German company, has won a quarter-billion euro contract to build eighth more satellites for Galileo, a European Union’s own navigation system.

OHB AG has previously won a bid for manufacture of the first 14 satellites for Galileo in 2010.

Galileo is projected to become operational in 2014, and complete in 2019, providing free service primarily for civilian use, including Search and Rescue. It will be the first system to provide feedback to the sender, informing them that the distress call was received and help is on the way.

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