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GLONASS: Problems and Challenges

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Russia‟s Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is expected to become fully operational this year. Heavily endorsed in recent years by both members of the ruling tandem, it was designed to provide services similar to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and place Russia on technological par with the United States. In recent years, extraordinary efforts have been made to advance the system, including a big boost in funding, up to 70 billion rubles ($2.3 billion), in 2008-2010. [...]

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