Sunday, March 18, 2012

Russia, China Agree to Build GLONASS Stations


Earlier this month, Russia unveiled plans to set up GLONASS monitoring stations in at least one, location in China. According to itar-tass, the station will be used for transport, farming, rescue operations, environment monitoring and law enforcement, but not military. The plans for the stations were pitched by Russian Space Systems Company, a leading company in design, production and operation of space information systems.

From what it sounds like, joint surveying of potential sites will begin in December. Possible locations include Urumqi (the administrative center of the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Area) and Changchun, the capital of Jilin province.

There are currently 19 ground stations in Russia, three in the Antartic and one in Brazil. In addition to the stations planned for China, there are plans for an additional two stations in Kazakhstan and one in Belarus.

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