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    Re: Thales Navigation
    From: Brian Whatcott
    Date: 2002 Feb 23, 11:32 -0600

    At 09:13 PM 2/22/02, Pierre Boucher wrote:
    >Regarding the MLR GPS variation problem, there is a site:
    >A MLR section and... a software upgrade button.  When you "click" on it you
    >get to a page saying:  Available soon
    >"Magellan" as in Magellan's GPS is a trademark name for Thales Navigation.
    >                X
    >              XX X                                 Pierre Boucher N
    To put this somewhat in perspective: Thomson was a French defence
    electronics conglomerate that bought an American CRT maker that was in
    difficulties several years ago. (among numerous others).   They were also a
    captive supplier of the French government's and received  French tax-dollar
    funding. Last year they bought Magellan from Orbital Sciences, and also
    changed name from Thomson to Thales (usually pronounced "Tallis" in English).
      Magellan knew how to compute mag heading from true - perhaps it will rub off.
    On the up side, I can report that I found a two year stint with a Thomson
    US subsidiary 20 years ago a positive experience, but I see their web site
    is quoting a customer wheel as follows:
    [Christophe Burg]
    "... we weren't taken by surprise. The change was a logical one.
    Thales has evolved from a company of engineers and technicians to one of
    managers taking a more comprehensive view of their work but not neglecting
    It remains to be seen if MagVar algorithms as interpreted by French
    taxpayer funded managers can really hack it!
    Brian Whatcott
       Altus OK                      Eureka!

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