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Roscosmos Outlines Plans for GLONASS Program through 2020

Russian Space Agency calls for 4 satellites, ground infrastructure ops and "reconstruction and modernization" this year

January 12, 2013

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Russia will build and launch 13 GLONASS-M and 22 GLONASS –K satellites between now and 2020, according to an outline of the nation’s space program published on the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) website http://www.roscosmos.ru/main.php?id=24today (January 12, 2013).

The document, "Space activities of Russia in the years 2013–2020," described plans for the GLONASS program’s  326.5 billion–ruble (US$10.77–billion) budget during those years. The program has a stated goal of providing  1.4 meter positioning accuracy by 2015 and 0.6-meter accuracy in 2020.

Currently, the document reported, the system provides positioning accuracy with a standard deviation of 5.6 meters, “which meets the needs of most consumers,” compared to 35–50 meters in 2006.

This year the program document calls for the construction of four satellites, maintenance and operation of the ground infrastructure, and “reconstruction and modernization of enterprises for the needs of the GLONASS system.”

In a section reviewing the progress of the GLONASS program since it was restarted in 2001, the document pointed out that the system’s global coverage availability for navigation is now 100 percent, compared to 18 percent in 2002.

The document pointed out the need to continue maintenance and development of GLONASS in order to “ensure the competitiveness of the GLONASS system, not only in the face of rising demands of consumers, but also in [the] continuous improvement of the GPS, [and] accelerated deployment of competing systems [Europe’s] Galileo and Compass [China’s BeiDou system].”

In 2013, Roscosmos plans to commission a modernized GLONASS control and validation center under development in Korolev, Moscow, which will provide input independent performance monitoring of GLONASS and GPS for civil users.

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