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GLONASS-K Birds go into production

Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Co. has begun the production of the K-series of GLONASS satellites for Russia. The first launch of a GLONASSK satellite is scheduled for launch in 2010, according to Russia’s Federal Space Agency. GLONASSK is the third generation of Russia’s GLONASS positioning satellites. In contrast to GLONASS and GLONASS- M satellites, which have relatively short service lives of only a few years, GLONASS-K has a planned service life of 12 years, a depressurized platform, and a decreased weight, according to Reshetnev.

Illegal to use GPS from Smartphone in Germany

According to Pocket GPS World, the courts in Germany have deemed that it is unlawful to operate a GPS navigation system on a smartphone while driving because of the phone ban in the country. Currently, there are some incar navigation systems that lock you out of operating the unit while the unit detects that you are in motion. It seems unclear as to whether the law would mean that by operating a GPS system attached to the phone means using the system and programming in destinations while at a stop or if it means having the GPS on the phone running at all. This move will prevent GPS through cellular connections like those offered through TeleNav.

KSRTC goes hi-tech: GPS to track movement of buses

R Ashok, Karnataka Transport Minister has announced that GPS would be introduced in the state to keep track on movement of KSRTC buses. He said GPS would not only help in monitoring movement of buses but also send messages on accidents, if any, to the control room automatically. He also announced that nearly 100 bus stops would be opened with digital display of timings of bus arrival and departure.

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