MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran intends to cooperate with Russia in the area of aerospace after economic sanctions are lifted, to include satellites, weather satellites, and remote sensing devices, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday.
"Iran is interested in our plans [new federal aerospace program], they want to find their place in the market of remote sensing devices. They want their own weather satellites, satellites and remote sensing devices," Rogozin told Rossiya-24 television.
Russia’s GLONASS navigation system will be improved to provide image resolution of three feet by 2020, Dmitry Rogozin said.
“In view of the renewal of our orbital grouping by 2020, we will reach highly competitive GLONASS signal accuracy results of less than one meter [3.2 feet],” Rogozin said.
In comparison, the US Global Positioning System (GPS) signal accuracy is currently 4.2 feet.
The chief executive of the Russian Space Systems developing company, Andrei Tyulin, has said an updated GLONASS system will be made available by the end of 2015.
The Russian Aerospace Forces are currently operating GLONASS, an alternative to GPS launched in 1993 that provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.
In late October, Rogozin expressed hope that the system would reach 40 percent of global market share in the future. Around 2.5 billion devices around the world are currently receiving signals transmitted via GLONASS satellites.