US: Russia wants to build a network of GPS ground stations in the United States to improve the accuracy of its own GLONASS global positioning system. However the chairman of the US House panel that oversees military space efforts is raising red flags over this request.
One of the concerns raised by Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, was the potential for the ground stations, which would help improve the accuracy of the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system, to interfere with signals from the US GPS system. He noted that just a few years back, concerns over GPS signal interference derailed LightSquared’s plans for a US terrestrial wireless broadband network using adjacent frequencies. “I would like to understand why the United States would be interested in enabling a GPS competitor, like Russia’s GLONASS, when the world’s reliance on GPS is a clear advantage to the United States on multiple levels. Reported enthusiasm at the State Department with the Russian GLONASS proposal is likewise difficult to understand,” said Rogers.