International workshop on satellite navigation
The United Nations International workshop on applications of satellite navigation services got off the ground in Krasnoyarsk on May 18. The event is hosted by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems.
The first plenary session of the workshop “Applications of global navigation satellite systems” has brought together more than 100 delegates representing 20 countries. Chaired by Nikolay Testoyedov, ISS-Reshetnev Company’s General Director, the opening session of the workshop has included welcoming speeches presented by Sharafat Gadimova, Program officer at the International Committee on GNSS at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Victor Meshkov, Head of department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Khailov, Deputy head of Roscosmos and Victor Tolokonskiy, Governor of the Krasnoyarsk region.
ISS-Reshetnev representatives have spoken on the current status and development prospects of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS. Today GLONASS is one of the two global systems that provide services available to users all over the globe. Its orbital constellation consists of 28 satellites designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev. Now the company focuses on the development of next-generation Glonass-K2 satellites with a view of modernizing and improving the GLONASS system.
Workshop participants have been also brought up to date on recent projects and development strategies of foreign navigation satellite systems GPS, Galileo and BeiDou having listened to reports presented by representatives of the USA, European Union and China.
The whole event is centered around those opportunities that global navigation satellite systems open up for countries’ social and economic development. Workshop participants have discussed how these systems can complement each other to ensure the most effective use of satellite navigation services. Satellite navigation, including GLONASS signals, constitutes one of the main guarantees of economic growth and successful accomplishment of social tasks such as saving people’s lives or assisting individuals with disabilities, to name a few.
The UN/Roscosmos International workshop on applications of global navigation satellite systems will run till May 22.