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Russia follows through, closes GPS stations

by GPS4US 2014-06-03 09:59

Well, Russia’s gone and begun imposing restrictions to GPS stations on Russian soil.

Though that probably won’t affect GPS coordinates at all.

Following up on a threat to restrict GPS stations if the United States didn’t allow GLONASS stations to
operate within the United States, Russia’s deputy prime minister Dmitri Rogozin said that, as of
Sunday, GPS stations couldn’t be used for military purposes. Rogozin also set a Sept. 1 deadline for
the United States to allow GLONASS stations, threatening to shutter the GPS stations for good.

“We have worked out and implemented measures that exclude the use of these (GPS) stations for military
purposes,” Rogozin wrote in a blog post. “Now they are under our full control.”

Still, the disruption won’t cause much of a disruption at all. Rogozin acknowledged the closures would
not cause a disruption for private entities using GPS. According to the New York Times, the GPS system
uses a master control, a backup control station, two command and control antennas and 16 monitoring
sites. None of those are in Russia.

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