Apparemment ils ont fini de discuter Putin orders additional $2.6 bln on Glonass development
MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin signed a directive on Friday on allocating an additional $2.6
billion to develop the country's Glonass satellite system.
Glonass (Global Navigation Satellite System) is the Russian equivalent
of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), which is designed for both
military and civilian use, and allows users to identify their current
location and direction."I have signed a government directive on
increased financing of the Glonass program to the sum of 67 billion
rubles ($2.6 bln)," Vladimir Putin said at a working meeting with
Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.
Putin also said he would soon sign a directive on 45 billion rubles
($1.8 bln) in additional funding for the country's space program.
Ivanov, who is responsible for state policies relating to industry
development, defense, nuclear and space industries and transportation,
said the majority of the funds would go to adding new satellites to the
existing Glonass satellite grouping.
"Six new Glonass satellites will be put into
orbit this year to total 22 spacecraft," he said. "We are hoping that
Glonass will provide global navigation and positioning coverage by
The head of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos), Anatoly Perminov,
said on September 5 that the number of satellites in Russia's Glonass
navigation system will be increased from the current 16 to 30 by 2011.
It was earlier reported that the Glonass system would include 18
satellites for continued navigation services covering the entire
territory of the Russian Federation, and 24 satellites to provide
According to the Central Research Institute for Machine Building, the
Glonass system currently consists of 16 satellites, with 13 satellites
operating as intended, two undergoing maintenance and one that is due
to be withdrawn from the orbital grouping.
A total of 9.9 billion rubles ($418.25 million) was allocated for
Glonass from the federal budget in 2007, and 4.7 billion rubles ($200
million) in 2006.http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080912/116749330.html