Shutdown of GPS stations won’t affect Russian satellite projects: NIS GLONASS

Shutdown of GPS stations won’t affect Russian satellite projects: NIS GLONASS

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Russia: The national navigation services provider NIS GLONASS has told media that Moscow's decision to shut down 11 US GPS ground stations located on Russian territory will not affect the ERA-GLONASS accident response project and other satellite services currently employing GPS signals.

The national navigation services provider is engaged in several large-scale projects in Russia, including satellite traffic control systems in big cities and two major rescue systems: the ERA-GLONASS traffic accident response project and the System-112 emergency response system.

“NIS uses hardware suitable both for GLONASS and GPS signals,” the company said. “As satellite service providers, we will use the signal from the available satellite navigation system and make sure that the quality of the final product remains the same.”

Last week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had said that Russia intends to suspend the work of 11 ground-based facilities of the US Global Positioning System (GPS) throughout its territory starting from June 1 and shut them down beginning September 1.

The move came as a response to the US refusal to set up a signal correction station for Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS on US territory.

Source: RIA Novosti