Russia to place GLONASS monitoring stations in China

Russia to place GLONASS monitoring stations in China

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Russia, November 13, 2014: The Russian Space Systems company (RSS), a company engaged in designing, production and operation of space information systems, has unveiled plans for deploying several GLONASS satellite navigation system monitoring stations in China for use in transport, farming, rescue operations, environment monitoring and law enforcement.

According to reports, Urumqi (the administrative centre of the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Area) and Changchun, the capital of Jilin province are the likely locations for the project. He explained that the RSS and Chinese partners would cooperate in the mutual placement of positioning ground stations in Russia for BeiDou and in China for GLONASS.

In Russia, 19 ground stations provide consumers with a navigation signal with an accuracy of one meter. Three stations are located in the Antarctic, and one in Brazil. Two are to be created in Kazakhstan and one in Belarus, the spokesperson of RSS said.

In another development, ISS Reshetnev, the manufacturer of GLONASS satellites, has informed media that the second GLONASS-K1 satellite has been delivered to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, and is now being prepared for launch in December from the earlier announced, November 20.

China’s navigation system BeiDou is to be deployed by 2017. By 2020, it is expected to provide global coverage. For this China is to build up the constellation of satellites to 35. Since the end of 2012 the Chinese system accessed the foreign markets: BeiDou began to be introduced in Thailand with the construction of positioning stations.

In 2014-2015 China plans to expand cooperation with Myanmar and Malaysia and to expand the market in Africa and the Middle East. BeiDou is available to most Chinese army units starting from the regimental level upwards.

Source: Russia News Agency