GLONASS stations to provide safety for flights, marine navigation in China

Russia and China will put GLONASS stations in one of China's airfields and on a navigable river as part of a pilot project to develop cooperation in the field of navigation technology, according to GLONASS, a nonprofit partnership.

Russia and China will put GLONASS stations in one of China's airfields and on a navigable river as part of a pilot project to develop cooperation in the field of navigation technology, according to GLONASS, a nonprofit partnership.

"We have agreed to cooperate on several pilot projects. The first one involves putting a local monitoring and correction station, LKKS-A-2000 (GBAS), made by the Russian scientific-production firm NPPF Spektr at one Chinese airport. This navigation, landing and signal monitoring system will provide satellite navigation for flights using the zonal-navigation method, working on two constellations, GLONASS and BeiDou," said Yevgeny Belyanko, GLONASS' Vice President, according to the company's press release obtained by Interfax-AVN on Monday.

The second project will be implemented on one Chinese river, with monitoring and correction stations installed on its shores for systems tracking navigation on internal water routes. "The designer of these systems, Tranzas, will also perform system integration. To monitor ship traffic, monitoring and correction stations will be used with GLONASS/BeiDou/GPS, which should increase the accuracy of navigation," he said.

The decision to develop these pilot projects was made after the first Russian-Chinese forum on satellite navigation held in the Chinese city of Harbin earlier.

"The use of NPPF Spektr's advanced experience in providing high-precision satellite landing for aircraft in two satellite groupings will increase safety and regularity of flights at airports where the LKKS-A-2000 (GBAS) is installed, and will enable Chinese air traffic control authority's aeronavigation teams to get familiar with the modern satellite technology, CNS/ATM and PBN, which meet the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) requirements," said Oleg Zavalishin, General Director at NPPF Spektr, according to the press release.

Earlier GLONASS was designated the Russian organization responsible for developing cooperation between Russia and China in applying GLONASS and BeiDou navigation technologies in the transport sector.

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