Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    10 / 24   City Forecast

Home>>Science & Education

Russia completes deployment of global positioning satellites


10:28, October 08, 2011

MOSCOW, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Russia has completed the deployment of its global positioning satellite group "Glonass", head of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Vladimir Popovkin said on Friday.

Glonass, the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), is designed for both military and civilian use. The system requires 24 operational and 2-3 reserve satellites in orbit to ensure global coverage.

"Today Russia's Glonass group is really global and ready at any moment to show (the user's) whereabouts....We completed the formation of the orbiting cluster with the launch of a Glonass-M satellite in early October." Popovkin told a meeting in the Russian State Duma, or the lower house of parliament,

"Now we will develop the system's land-based infrastructure, which will increase the Glonass precision to one meter from current five to six meters by 2015," he added.

Currently, there are 28 Glonass satellites in orbit -- 23 of them are operating, two are being put into service, and three are out for maintenance.

According to Popovkin, in the next few years, one of the priorities of the Roscosmos is to develop weather and communication satellites as well as the Earth's remote sounding.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Wozniacki out of China Open

  2. Floods threaten historic Thai temple

  3. China's highest-level equestrian tournament concluded

  4. Traditional hand-made boots and hats with tiger images

Most Popular


  1. US Senate currency legislation a farce
  2. Why are 26 million Chinese depressed?
  3. Q&A with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder
  4. Will China be Europe's savior?
  5. Taiwan arms sales becomes US political spell
  6. Mutual trust needed for nations' common progress
  7. China's SMEs now stranded in credit crunch

What's happening in China

Marriage is in the air during holiday

  1. Liaison offices targeted again
  2. 35 killed in north China road crash
  3. Group-buying sites entering gold market
  4. Cold snap to hit north China
  5. Inflation saps workers' real wages: report

PD Online Data

  1. Challenge to the traditional view of love and marriage
  2. House means happiness? Young Chinese' home-owning dream
  3. Fighting AIDS,China is acting
  4. Worldwide Confusius Institutes
  5. Chinese Qingming Festival