Russia keen on putting GLONASS stations in Alaska

Russia has offered the United States its GLONASS station for differential correction and monitoring to be placed on the Alaskan coast opposite Russia's Chukotka peninsula, Russian Space Systems' General Director Gennady Raikunov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Airshow 2014 on Wednesday.

Russia has offered the United States its GLONASS station for differential correction and monitoring to be placed on the Alaskan coast opposite Russia's Chukotka peninsula, Russian Space Systems' General Director Gennady Raikunov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Airshow 2014 on Wednesday.

"The Russian system for differential correction and monitoring (SDKM) for mapping vertical and ionospheric delays and information on the integrity of navigation signals from global satellite navigation systems in Russia necessitates SDKM data-collecting stations to be placed abroad, including, as an option, a station in the U.S., in the city of Teller in Alaska," Raikunov said, commenting on the desirable location for the Russian ground system GLONASS.

Earlier the U.S. refused to host Russia's GLONASS, citing national security concerns.

The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Oleg Ostapenko, told reporters in late June that the U.S. was showing no interest in negotiations over GLONASS placement in its territory. "On the issue of hosting our stations, there have been no active steps on their part," he said.

In May Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters that Russia would suspend the operation of U.S. GPS stations located in Russia, if no agreement is reached over the placement of GLONASS stations in the U.S.

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