Rogozin: Joint GLONASS and BeiDou system to reach GPS accuracy by 2020

27 августа 2015
China is the third country after the USA and Russia that put into operation its own global satellite navigation system.

The joint GLONASS and BeiDou system will reach GPS accuracy by 2020. The Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin stated it in his interview on Russia 24 TV channel.

"Now we have proposed the joint system (BeiDou and GLONASS)... and to set up a  joint chipset production to our Chinese colleagues… in order for this joint module to give us an opportunity to have such an accurate signal that not only will overtake, but also will be absolutely comparable to GPS signal. This is our plan by 2020, and will definitely carry it out," he said.

The Russian-Chinese system’s calibration accuracy will be about 60 cm, the Vice-Premier emphasized.

Rogozin pointed out that at any time reserve satellites, four of which are in orbit now, are ready to join 24 operational GLONASS satellites.

China is the third country after the USA and Russia that put into operation its own global satellite navigation system. According to estimates, the project implementation cost will be about $1.46 billion. The share of  BeiDou system in the internal Chinese market of satellite navigation is about 15%. In 2013 the first navigation microchips were presented, which were able to receive BeiDou signals jointly with GLONASS and GPS signals. At the moment the chips, allowing positioning with the Chinese navigation system, are installed into most new smartphone models.

Rocket engine purchase and Moon exploration.

Rogozin said that China is interested in buyin rocket engines RD-180 which are developed in russian NPO "ENERGOMASH"

"Russian RD-180 engines produced by Energomash are unique engines, which Americans use. China wants to buy them; they don’t have such an engine. They don’t have a competency for developing such propulsion engineering, and they would like to buy it," Rogozin said.
The Vice-Premier also pointed out that China had interest in cooperating with Russia in building a space station on the Moon.

"I have discussed it, with Chinese colleagues as well... Chinese have big interest in this program, but again it depends on a set of pragmatic interests that we can gain from this program," he said.

As Rogozin pointed out, the idea of an operating scientific station on the Moon “with options of multiple landing and lift-off on the Moon” “has a right to live”. He noted that the station could be a “Moonfall ISS”.

"Before the end of this year we ourselves will determine our space priorities inside our country up to 2030. On the basis of these priorities we will determine partners, whom we will protect these priorities with,” the Vice-Premier added.

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