Spring 2008

The Newsletter of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium

Table of Contents

MN GIS/LIS Consortium

From the Chair
Conference Planning
Award Nominations Open

GIS Drive to Excellence
GIS Pandemic Needs
GeoService Finder
Red River LIDAR
Groundwater Webmap
08 Photo Update
Improving Structures Data

Governor's Council
Strategic Planning Directions
Award Nominations Open
Meeting Webcasts

OpenSource Group

Input for State Planning
Goodhue User Group

Census Atlas
Census PSAP
NGAC Named
USGS Research Agenda
Sunspots Impact GPS
GPS with Maps
Geology Map
Soil Viewer Update
Recycle Cell Phones

Higher Education
Dangermond to Speak
UofM Career Day
GIS Primer

Borchert Remembered
Two Minnesotans on NGAC
Jay Bell
Bob McMaster

Other Places
Free GPS Visualizer
Global Incident Map
Russian GPS Update


Russian GPS Being Rebuilt
Adapted from Associated Press and other sources

Russia's satellite navigation system is still taking shape, but President Vladimir Putin already has a plan for how to use it: to keep tabs on his black Labrador. Putin on Monday listened to First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov as he briefed the cabinet on the development of GLONASS, the acronym for Global Navigation Satellite System. The Russian leader then asked: "When will I be able to buy the necessary equipment for my dog Koni so that she doesn't run too far?"

Ivanov responded that collars for dogs and cats with satellite-guided positioning equipment will be available for private consumers in the middle of next year.

GLONASS was developed during the Soviet era as a response to the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.

The system originally had 24 satellites, but their number dwindled after the 1991 Soviet collapse. Thanks to Russia's booming oil revenues, the government has earmarked funds to bring the system to full strength and offer it to global consumers.

Ivanov said a Russian booster rocket was set to put another three GLONASS satellites into orbit on Tuesday, bringing their total number to 18 - the number necessary to provide navigation services over the entire Russian territory.

Ivanov said the system would be available worldwide by 2010.

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