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Iridium launches timing, location service as GPS back-up

WASHINGTON: U.S. firm Iridium Communications Inc on Monday said its Satellite Time and Location (STL) system was ready for use as an alterative or companion to the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.

China launches two satellites as it builds GPS rival: state media

BEIJING: China launched two new satellites into space Saturday, state media reported, as it builds a homegrown satellite navigation system to rival the US's Global Positioning System.

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