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Russian Satellite Navigation Devices On Sale This Year

by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) May 23, 2007
Navigating devices using Russian satellites will appear in the shops this year as the first alternative to the widely used GPS network of the United States, officials said on Wednesday. "The individual devices receiving signals from Glonass will appear in shops in our country by the end of this year," Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov told journalists.

The Glonass satellite network, which is also used by the Russian military, was set up to compete with the US' GPS network, which is widely used around the world, and Europe's planned Galileo system.

But development of the system has lagged behind schedule, and Ivanov conceded that it would only have global coverage -- with a planned total of 24 satellites -- by 2009.

The Russian devices, which will also receive signals from the GPS network, can be used by planes, ships, armoured vehicles and trains, as well as by individual users, Ivanov said.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Putin Makes Glonass Navigation System Free For Customers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) May 21, 2007
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Friday a decree on the Glonass navigation system to provide the service free for customers, the Kremlin press service said. Glonass is a Russian version of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), which is designed for both military and civilian use, and allows users to identify their positions in real time. The system can also be used in geological prospecting.

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