On July 31, 2017 the Russian-Chinese experiment the "Silk way" directed to strategic cooperation in scopes of the GLONASS global navigation satellite systems (Russia) and BEYDOU (China) started. The Russian and Chinese experts at the same time within two weeks will investigate navigation conditions on GLONASS and BEYDOU along an economic belt of the Silk way

Within the Russian Federation the Experiment is conducted by specialists of the Information and Analysis Center for Positioning Navigation and Timing (IAC PNT) of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building (FGUP TSNIIMASH): Alexey Bermishev, Head of Department, Dmitry Vinderskykh, Lead Engineer, Vladimir Lapshin, Head of Laboratory.

The Experiment partially runs through the Europe – West China perspective international transport route and makes a round trip of 7,000 km embracing Moscow, Ufa and Novosibirsk.

Mobile Instrumentation and Diagnostics Laboratory (MIDL) is the primary research equipment of the Experiment.

User navigation equipment of Russian and foreign origin is being tested during the Russian part of the Experiment – Navis Inc. Design Bureau, Izhevskiy Radiozavod, Orient Systems, JAVAD GNSS.

Experiment objective: strategic cooperation in the field of GLONASS and BeiDou global navigation systems civil application.

Experiment tasks

  • Assessment of the GLONASS and BeiDou navigation and interference environment
  • Evaluation of the cellular network coverage along the route
  • Assessment of the System for Differential Correction and Monitoring (SDCM) availability along the route
  • Testing of the combined navigation equipment characteristics in real operation environment

The route of the experiment within the territory of Russia will include parts of a perspective Europe-West China international transport route, defined in the intergovernmental agreement facilitating the international road transport, signed on September 12, 2014 by the member governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The Chinese specialists will conduct the similar experiment within the territory of China along the route Xi’an – Urumqi – Altai (Kanas lake).

Information obtained during the experiment will allow the estimation of the current road transport network and its infrastructure suitability for the intensive cargo flows with vehicles and cargos integrated into modern telematics systems using GNSS positioning and navigation.

The Silk Road Experiment is organized by the Working Group on GNSS Monitoring and Assessment of the Russia-China Project Committee on Important Strategic Cooperation in Satellite Navigation.

Russia-China Project Committee was established in 2015 by the ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation and Committee on Chinese Navigation Satellite System under the framework of the Russia-China Commission on Government’s Heads Regular Meetings Preparation.

Major fields of cooperation:

  • Ensuring compatibility and interoperability of the GLONASS and BeiDou systems
  • GNSS augmentations including mutual allocation of the measurement stations within the territories of Russia and China
  • GNSS monitoring and assessment
  • Navigation technologies application

For the purposes of detailed negotiation and consequent realization of the abovementioned cooperation themes there were created 4 dedicated Working Groups under the framework of the Project Committee. These Working Groups are acting on a constant basis, the Project Committee successive meetings are held 1-2 times a year in Russia and China respectively.

The 4th Meeting of the Project Committee will be held in Saint-Petersburg in September, 2017.