Tue. Nov 12th, 2019

Remengesau says Russian satellite ground station welcome, needed in Palau

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. said that the Russian Federation’s proposal to build a ground station for its Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in Palau is “welcome and needed” in the country.

Remengesau, who was responding to the media’s inquiry if Palau is considering Russia’s proposal to establish navigation satellite here, said that the Ministry of State (MOS)is currently involved in the discussion on the proposed project.

“I do not know the exact scope of what they will be doing here or how they proposed to do that but the Ministry of State is involved in those discussions,” Remengesau said.

Island Times previously reported that Russian Ambassador to Palau Igor Khovaev said that Palau’s geographical location is “very good” for the proposed project and that this will only be used for “peaceful civilian purposes.”

The top Russian diplomat also shared that the technology can be beneficial to both countries, explaining that this can be utilized in air and maritime navigations.

GLONASS is a space-based satellite navigation similar to the United States-backed Global Positioning System (GPS). It became the most expensive program of the Russian Federal Space Agency in 2010 and was first developed by the Soviet Union in 1976.

It is considered a competitor of the widely used United States GPS and China’s BeiDou system. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)