Garmin buy DeLorme to enter the satellite messenger market

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The consumer GPS giant Garmin have purchased the company Delorme in a move that gives them a foothold in the satellite messenger market. The market is currently dominated by SPOT LLC, whose 1, Messenger, and Gen 3 products are often used as a simple and cost effective way of tracking high altitude balloon flights. Delorme manufactures the heavier and more expensive inReach satellite messenger which some groups have used as a high altitude balloon tracking device. It will be very interesting to see if Garmin take on SPOT with an tracker that is more suited to the HAB market.

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