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Russia has successfully launched another Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit today. Russian space boffins kept themselves busy while waiting for tonight's attempt to contact lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt by sending the Glonass-M up on a Soyuz booster from the Plesetsk space centre, state news agency RIA Novosti …


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  1. Steve Todd

    GLONASS satilites are in polar orbits

    So they give better fixes for people in far northern/southern latitudes. It's also possible to create hybrid GPS/GLONASS systems, thus increasing your chance of getting an accurate position. Looks like good news whichever way you look at it.

    1. mike 32


      The iPhone 4S uses the hybrid GPS/GLONASS system...

      I don't have an iPhone 4S, and don't know anyone around here who does, so I can't verify without some googling.

      Which I'm too lazy to do right now.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Yes it does

        It's right there on the tech specs:

        "Assisted GPS and GLONASS"

      2. Paul 135

        not only Apple you know

        Quite a few phones released this year already support GPS/GLONASS. The 2011 SE Xperias in particular.

        That's what I hate about the flocks of Apple fanboys- they're so vocal that they make you think that their iDevices have something that other phones do not.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward


          You would be welcome to state that without the added agro, but now feel free to expand on the "quite a few" since you only give one example...

          It's natural that all phones with a significant market will go for it since Russia plans to ban any phone that doesn't support it.

  2. DJV Silver badge

    Maybe GLONASS can give Phobos-Grunt a shove whilst it's up there...

  3. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Not quite polar

    Glonas is about 68deg inclination, GPS is 55 deg.

    So apparently America hasn't considered invading anywhere north of Newcastle - can't say I blame them.

  4. proto-robbie


    I never thought I'd say the words "They really need a Brand Naming consultant", but there you go. What are they going to call the next one? Phyz-Gonorf?

    1. gorand2

      It's actually an abreviation.

    2. Paul 135

      GLONASS sounds cool to me.

    3. alwarming
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      I think GLONASS is a good name...

      "Glowin' Ass" for a rocket is shurely a picture of a successful rocket launch!

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