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    Russia and China have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of satellite navigation, a Russian Space Agency spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) As part of the Russian agency's official visit to China, head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov met with the leader of China's National Space Administration, Xu Dazhe.

    "The first provision to set up a committee and a protocol were signed during the first working session. Igor Komarov and Xu Dazhe discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of electronic components for rocket construction and building rocket engines," the spokesperson said.

    A Russian-Chinese committee on satellite navigation was established in October 2014 at the meeting between Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yang.

    The two neighboring countries run their own, alternative to US-made GPS versions of navigation satellite systems called Glonass in Russia and BeiDou in China.

    Russia’s Glonass project was launched in 1993 and now consists of 28 satellites, including 24 operational ones. China’s BeiDou has a constellation of 20 satellites orbiting the Earth, with 15 to be added to the group by 2020.


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