China and Russia to cooperate on navigation satellite systems

Artist's rendering of navigation satellites orbiting Earth.
Artist's rendering of navigation satellites orbiting Earth.
Credits: ESA

On 30 June 2014, China and Russia have signed an agreement on the cooperation with regards to navigation satellite systems, as globalpost reported. The memorandum of understanding was signed by the China Satellite Navigation Office and Russian Federal Space Agency on the sidelines of the on-going China-Russia expo in Harbin, China.

According to the news site, Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, said the two countries plan to build monitoring stations in each other's territory, which will promote the integration of the two satellite navigation systems and improve their performance. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the two systems can complement each other.