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GPS CONSTELLATION NEARS COMPLETION

 LENEXA, Kan., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the successful launch of the 23rd NavStar satellite from Cape Canaveral on Monday (March 29, 10:09 p.m. EST), the U.S. Government's Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation needs only one more satellite to be complete, GARMIN International said today. The next satellite launch is scheduled for early May 1993, at which time the constellation will include all 24 planned (21 active and 3 spare) satellites.
 The constellation completion will move the GPS industry closer to having full use of GPS advanced location, timing and navigation capabilities in all market areas. Markets which have been growing steadily are projected to experience rapid increase and GPS is anticipated to be integrated into a wider range of markets as well.
 "The consumer market has grown steadily in anticipation of the constellation completion," said Gary Burrell, president of GARMIN International, one of the leading manufacturers of GPS products for aviation, marine, military and survey/engineering applications. "The completion brings even greater reliability and credibility to the constellation and will stimulate some of the markets to expand even more quickly than they have, especially aviation and vehicle tracking. We anticipate a swift rise in interest and market activity."
 Originally intended for military use, GPS rapidly attracted a large commercial market, with applications in aviation, marine survey/GIS, vehicle location and tracking, and natural resource management. The satellite signals are received by GPS receivers and instantly provide the user with precise position, velocity and time data -- anytime, anywhere in the world. The market is estimated at more than $6 billion by 1996.
 "The aviation market may ultimately be the market most impacted by the constellation completion because of its need for standardization and certification," said Burrell. "Once the constellation is complete and certification occurs, those segments of the aviation market which aren't yet able to benefit from GPS will open up. We anticipate a significant expansion of the market -- and of our aviation products and sales."
 GARMIN International is the leading GPS manufacturer in the aviation market, according to Aviation Electronics Association (AEA) surveys, and achieved that position just months after introducing its first GPS product in 1989. It was the first to introduce innovative graphics displays in a handheld receiver in the aviation and marine markets and have recently developed a handheld receiver with graphics for military use as well. For further information about GARMIN and GPS, call Karen Zinn at 913-599-1515 or 800-800-1020.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Zinn of GARMIN, 913-599-2103; or Stephanie Kirtland of Colwell-Kirtland, 408-720-0111, for GARMIN/


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