NYTimes on GLONASS
The New York Times highlights the Russian GLONASS as rival to the U.S. GPS. Nothing really new, but I like this quote from Russian President Putin.
The network must be impeccable, better than G.P.S., and cheaper if we want clients to choose Glonass.
I’m not sure what he means since GPS is free to users. Perhaps he means the receivers need to be cheaper? Regarding “better,” which might be thought of as more accurate, the article notes:
Still, a Glonass-capable G.P.S. receiver in the United States, Western Europe or Japan would not be more accurate than a G.P.S. system alone, because of the ground-based correction signals. In other parts of the world, a Glonass-capable G.P.S. receiver would be more reliable and slightly more accurate.