The U.S. official in charge of navigation, said he did not rule out the possibility of using GLONASS and other foreign satellite systems to ensure the safety of their country.
U.S. ready to use foreign satellite navigation system in addition to GPS for public use, including for homeland security, for example, in the aviation industry. This was at the International Summit on navigation in Munich said Anthony J. Russo (Anthony J. Russo), the head of service of the U.S. government responsible for the coordination of projects in the field of navigation systems, said the publication Space News.
Once the foreign system will meet the requirements for reliability and availability requirements for GPS, they can be integrated for use in U.S. public services, added Rousseau.
Openness to the use of foreign satellite systems for public use official ties with the new U.S. policy in the field of space, which last year approved by President Barack Obama. It allows you to use foreign positioning system for the development and improve the reliability of navigation systems.
"There are objections to the use of GLONASS along with GPS for the purpose of national security — quoted Rousseau another edition — GPS World. — However, this possibility we can discuss and consider. "
"It would be foolish for the U.S. government does not take advantage of more accurate positioning, which is made possible by having access to a greater number of satellites", — concludes Rousseau.
According to Space News, the United States initially opposed the appearance of other constellations, but over the past few years supports the idea that Russia, China, Europe, creating its own satellite system, will ensure their compatibility. Speaking at the recent summit of navigation in Munich, the representatives of these countries unanimously voted that their governments more than ever want their companions to work together, and thus their signals do not conflict with each other.
The integration of the four global navigation systems, plus regional systems planned in Japan and India, smart phones and other personal navigation devices is a challenge, says Space News. However, the major providers have already set up special working groups — for example, the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, which is coordinated by the United Nations — to ensure that this integration is carried out for the benefit of the end user.
Recall that today the full satellite constellation has only system GPS. Bring the GLONASS constellation is scheduled to complete in 2011 the launch of the European Galileo Full expected in 2014-2016., And the full deployment of the Chinese Compass system is planned for 2020, 2011-2015. China expects to launch 12-14 satellites (currently in orbit of 7). Full commissioning of the Japanese QZSS system is expected in 2013-2014.