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First GLONASS Station Outside Russia Opens in Brazil

February 20, 2013  - By

Brazilian_GLONASS_SDMC_stationNews courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.

The Moscow Times is reporting that the first overseas GLONASS ground station for differential correction and monitoring was launched in Brasilia, Brazil, on Tuesday, citing information from the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The station will become the first correction point in the Western Hemisphere and will significantly improve the accuracy of GLONASS navigation signals, the agency said.

GLONASS stations will also be installed in the United States, according to Pravda.Ru. “GLONASS stations are to be installed in the U.S.. This will improve the accuracy of the system. In general, stations like these are planned to be located in more than 30 countries of the world. Most of the countries that received the offers for the installation of the stations responded positively.

“However, the process is slow because of the need to conclude appropriate intergovernmental agreements. The documents with Brazil were signed in 2012. Agreements with Spain, Indonesia and Australia will be finalized soon,” Pravda.Ru said.

The Brazilian SDCM station is located on the campus of the University of Brasilia.

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