Russia Endorses Deal on Space Cooperation with Cuba
© RIA Novosti. Sergei Kazak
MOSCOW, May 13 (RIA Novosti) – A commission on legislative drafting has
approved the ratification of an agreement with Cuba on cooperation in
research and cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, the
Russian government website said on Tuesday.
“This is a framework agreement, defining necessary principles, norms and
conditions for developing bilateral relations in the sphere of space
activity, including in protection of intellectual property rights,
information exchange and data protection,” the government said in a
The commission says the agreement is in the best interests of Russia,
including the installation of Russia’s Global Navigation Satellite
System (GLONASS) on the territory of the Republic of Cuba. The document
will be considered at government session.
The Global Navigation Satellite System, which began operation in 1993,
is a Russian equivalent of the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The
GLONASS network provides real-time positioning and speed data for
surface, sea and airborne objects. Its accuracy is expected to be
boosted to one meter (three feet) when used within Russia by the end of
By 2020, Glonass should reach a global positioning accuracy of 60 cm.
The Cabinet of Ministers said the agreement with Cuba needs to be
ratified as it contains “other rules” than those defined by the
The first overseas GLONASS ground station for differential correction
and monitoring was launched in Brazil in February 2013.
Russia plans to build 50 GLONASS stations in several dozen countries
across the world.
Last week, the Russian government approved bills to ratify space
cooperation agreements with Nicaragua and Vietnam, which, among other
things envisage the construction of ground stations for GLONASS.
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