Indian space scientists will push for a bigger slice of GLONASS (Global Navigational Satellite System) — a constellation of Russian satellites that help both military and civilian users track air, naval and ground traffic — as part of the new pact scheduled to be signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit on January 25-26.
Scientists here are keen on building and launching a couple of satellites of the GLONASS series in addition to two earmarked as their share in March 2006. That agreement was signed by Indian Space Research Organisation chairman G. Madhavan Nair and Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) director Anatoly Perminov.
On the eve of Putin’s visit, Nair and Perminov will meet in New Delhi and review the Indo-Russian agreement for scientific cooperation in the field of space. “It will be an agency-to-agency discussion and we plan to take the agreement forward,” Nair said.
Sources in ISRO said the discussions in Delhi would be preceded by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Borisovich Ivanov’s visit to the satellite centre (ISAC) in Bangalore on Tuesday. Ivanov will witness the Indian space agency’s expertise in the manufacture of multipurpose satellites.
The sources pointed out that a satellite-based navigation system would provide Russia and India with an opportunity to vie for a slice of the $2 billion market.