Russia will build a satellite tracking station in Cuba

 Russia will build a satellite tracking station in CubaHAVANA, May 29 (DDC) Russia’s industrial scientific corporation High Precision Equipment Manufacturing Systems (SPP, for its acronym in Russian) signed a contract with the Cuban government to place a measuring station in Cuba for the system Glonass navigation, as reported by the Russian space entity Roscosmos cited by Sputnik News.

“The general director of the SPP corporation, Yuri Roy, the general director of the (state) Geocuba Technical Scientific Center, Pedro Martínez Fernández, and the general director of the Tecnoimport company, Heriberto Sánchez Aleine, signed a contract for the installation and operation of a Measuring station SM-Glonass, produced by the SPP corporation, in the territory of Cuba, “the statement said.

The document stresses that the new station will be installed “to create the foreign segment of the Glonass measuring stations network within the framework of the works aimed at building a high precision global navigation system”.

The purpose of the SM-Glonass measurement station is to permanently monitor the signals of the Glonass, GPS, Galileo and Compass navigation satellites in order to measure the current navigation parameters, the reception of navigation signals from the satellites, the processing of the results of the measurements and the navigation data, and the transmission of the information to the center of the global system of high precision, said Sputnik.

In recent years, Havana and Moscow have taken steps to recover the close cooperation they maintained before the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Last April, after the appointment of Miguel Díaz-Canel as a substitute for Raúl Castro, President Vladimir Putin confirmed his government’s willingness to “contribute to the economic-social modernization of Cuba.”

Last week, the vice president and Minister of Economy and Planning of Cuba, Ricardo Cabrisas, signed two agreements with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow, one to extend the visa exemption time to three months and the other to increase cultural cooperation between both governments

Havana and Moscow already carry out joint projects in the areas of energy, metallurgy, transport, agriculture and infrastructure. The Russian Government is cooperating in the modernization of four units of the Cuban thermoelectric plants and a metallurgical plant, as well as in the renewal of the railway networks.

The commercial exchange between both countries increased by more than 30% in 2017 and Russian tourism to the island has also experienced a rise in recent times.