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Russia invites Sweden to join GLONASS

Stockholm, Sweden: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin invited Sweden to increase its cooperation on GLONASS satellite navigation system, during his visit to Stockholm, Sweden. Both countries agreed to strengthen cooperation in the space industry, including their intention to launch Swedish satellites using Russian carrier rockets.

Russia will also study the Swedish experience in the creation of its SWEPOS satellite navigation system, which uses the GLONASS signal.

Both countries agreed to jointly use ground facilities to gather information for operating their own orbital objects and those of third countries. They will also cooperate within a Russian space research project to monitor the Earth’s polar regions. The project envisions using a new satellite cluster, called Arktika, to provide environmental monitoring data for accurate weather forecasts and to aid national socio-economic development.

The project is scheduled to begin operating in 2015. The cost of the project is estimated at 30 billion rubles (USD 1.23 billion).

Source: RIA Novosti