The representative of the British Space Agency (AEB) Emma Lord confirmed the Russian service Bi-bi-si reports that professionals interested in her office capabilities of the Russian satellite navigation system GLONASS.
In particular, according to the Lord, London is interested in the unification of all existing navigation systems so that they can be used anywhere in the world.
Earlier, the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, said that the Russian satellite navigation system GLONASS has good prospects in foreign markets, including the UK.
"Recently the last meeting with the representatives of the British Space Agency demonstrated that even the UK is interested in using GLONASS. We were asked to hold a series of meetings and events at which representatives of the British space industry could verify the effectiveness of its use, "- Popovkin said in an interview to Russia Today.
According to Lord, Director of Strategy and Co-BSA, after a meeting of the Russian and British experts in London, held last week signed an agreement on cooperation between the two agencies.
Lord said that one of the issues discussed in London and included in the agreement about the possible use of the GLONASS system.
Electronic chips and stations
Talking about what the British interests in respect of the GLONASS system, Emma Lord said a few moments.
"First of all, it concerns the electronic chips. Now, there are a number of navigation systems — GPS, Galileo creates and, of course, GLONASS. We have discussed the design of such electronic chips by which the user can at any point in the world for more information available on one of these systems. To the user it does not need to have three different devices, "- said in an interview with Lord bbcrussian.com.
According to her, without such a situation reminiscent of the chip would be "the first time after the appearance of mobile communications, when, if you’re traveling, you need to have with different phones [supporting different formats of mobile communication]."
"We also discussed the possibility of establishing navigational stations associated with the GLONASS system, in the UK. They could be used by different users in the UK ", — said the representative of the BKA.
According to her, was also discussed, and what technologies can be used with the Russian navigation system.
Speaking of the prospects GLONASS Lord said that if Britain did not consider this system of competitive, it would not sign the document to explore the possibilities of its use.
BKA spokeswoman also mentioned in this context, vigorous statement Popovkin, who expressed full confidence in the high efficiency of the Russian navigation system, at a meeting in London.
In an interview with Russia Today the head of the Russian Federal Space Agency said that the GLONASS — "this is a competitive product."
According to Popovkin, plans to "certify GLONASS all international organizations in order that it could be fully used in such a way to penetrate the worldwide market."
Chapter Roskomosa also said that the GLONASS orbital group to be fully formed in 2011, which should provide good reception signal from Russian satellites anywhere in the world.
Previously, the completion of the formation of groups associated with sending the orbit of three GLONASS satellites in December last year. However, the launch was a failure, all satellites were lost.
State to protect GLONASS
At the same time, Russia consider ways to strengthen the competitiveness of the domestic market.
In particular, the government may impose customs duties on the import of navigation equipment that is not equipped with GLONASS devices.
Such fees can be entered from Jan. 1, 2012, said on Monday the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov.
"There are plans to introduce customs duties on imports of equipment with a navigation system GPS. If GLONASS-GPS — duty will be zero ", — he said.
Ivanov confirmed what Popovkina that before the end of 2011 will provide one hundred percent coverage of the GLONASS system.
Since 2012, according to the deputy prime minister, will earn federal program to support it. In this case, Ivanov noted that satellite navigation will be equipped with not only the public transport, but also to commercial transport.