by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 24, 2012
The overall number of Russian centers providing services based on data received via Glonass satellites will reach 25, Deputy Prime Minister Vladislav Surkov said on Tuesday.
"Ten space service centers have already been established in Russia, the establishment of another 15 is planned," Surkov said at a satellite navigation forum in Moscow.
The space service centers are engaged in satellite monitoring of traffic safety, road planning and cargo transportation on federal highways as well as natural and anthropogenic dangers, including landslides, avalanches, and mud flows.
Presently, there are centers in Moscow, Sochi, Kazan, Kaluga, Ryazan and another five Russian cities.
Glonass is Russia's answer to the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.
Russia currently has a total of 31 Glonass satellites in orbit, with 24 operating to provide global coverage, four in reserve, two under maintenance and one undergoing trials.
According to Russia's space agency Roscosmos, two Glonass satellites are under maintenance, one is on standby, and one recently launched satellite is being integrated into the grouping.
The complete Glonass grouping needs 24 functioning and 2-3 reserve satellites to operate with global coverage.
Source: RIA Novosti
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