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Russia Will Shut Down All U.S. GPS Stations Within Its Borders (Update)

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Russia Today has unconfirmed reports that Russia announced today a plan to shut down all 11 American-run GPS stations within Russian territory starting June 1st. Russia has also threatened to stop supplying the rocket engines the U.S. uses to launch military satellites into orbit.


Allegedly, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced the move in response to the U.S.'s refusal to allow Russia to build a signal correction station for its GLONASS satellite navigation system on U.S. territory. Interactions regarding the two nations' space programs have been particularly rocky lately, in no part helped by the fact that the U.S. relies on Russian rockets to send astronauts to the International Space Station and launch military satellites into orbit. [RT via NasaWatch]


Update: In what appears to be yet more politically-driven tough talk, Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin also announced that Russia has denied the U.S.'s request to use the ISS past the year 2020, allegedly as a response to U.S. trade sanctions enacted to protest Russia's forcible annexation of Crimea. Whew, this is getting hard to follow. [Financial Times via The Verge]

Image: file photo of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (AP)

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This story doesn't make any sense, none of the GPS ground stations are in Russia, so I have no idea what the fuck the Russians are talking about. The GPS system of today was first built during the Cold War as a US Department of Defense project for military use only, there's no way in hell any of it would have relied on Russian cooperation or ANY critical infrastructure on Russian territory.…