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Essential Gear for Your Life's Adventures Now Available: New Magellan SporTrak Map Handheld GPS Delivers Mapping at a Breakthrough Price

Santa Clara, Calif.   (June 10, 2002) Thales (tal-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of Magellan® consumer and Ashtech® professional GPS solutions, announced today the availability of the new Magellan SporTrakTM Map, a compact, lightweight GPS handheld with WAAS-enabled three-meter accuracy. The Magellan SporTrak Map delivers a unique set of advanced features at a new level of affordability, including a 2 MB map database, plus five times more memory for downloading additional navigation data than any comparable GPS receiver. Currently available with North American map data, SporTrak Map will also be available this summer in Europe with a European base map. Whatever your adventure - wherever it leads you - SporTrak Map will guide you from your doorway to the great outdoors and back again.

The rugged, SporTrak Map is a versatile navigation tool for activities and travel on wheels, on water and on foot. The North American database contains highways, major roads, parks, waterways and airports, as well as 6 MBs of available memory for adding street detail, points of interest and 3D topographic maps from Magellan MapSendTM software. A new nine-key keypad provides fast, direct access to nine navigation screens, which are easily visible on the large, backlit display. Weighing just 6.1 ounces, the go-anywhere SporTrak Map is also impact-resistant, waterproof, and even floats.

SporTrak Map is one of three handhelds in the Magellan SporTrak series, which includes the recently introduced SporTrak Pro and the affordable SporTrak, available late June. All SporTrak products ship with a PC cable, user manual and quick start guide. Optional accessories include vehicle, bike and swivel mounting brackets, a canvas carrying case and a variety of power and PC data cables, including a cigarette lighter adapter. For dealer locations, or to learn more about the SporTrak Series and Magellan MapSend software products, see, or call 800-669-4477.

About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation, and guidance equipment with operations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS products in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its Ashtech GPS and GNSS professional solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities.

Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information technology and services. For more information, visit

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Magellan and Ashtech are registered trademarks, and SporTrak, and MapSend are trademarks of Thales Navigation.

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