by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 30, 2016
Russia may launch two or three Glonass navigation satellites this year, a senior space industry official said. The official noted that the launches of the satellites would depend on the state of the Glonass system.
"We are planning to launch one Glonass-M satellite in the next three months to the second orbital plane. We are also planning another Glonass-M launch for this year to the second orbital plane.
"Another launch to the second or third plane is possible in the end of the year," Nikolai Testoyedov, the head of the Information Satellite Systems (ISS) company, which manufactures satellites for the Glonass project, told the Izvestiya newspaper in an interview published Tuesday.
Glonass, a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, currently consists of 24 satellites, 23 of which are operational, according to the newspaper. The system allows real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the world. The need to launch new satellites emerged this year when two of them broke down around the same time.
"Work continues on creating and testing new generation spacecraft, which will allow to significantly increase the [Glonass] system's accuracy characteristics by 2020," Rogozin posted on his official Twitter account.
Rogozin also mentioned the launch of the Glonass-M navigation satellite atop the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, which took place earlier on Sunday. The launch has replaced a Glonass satellite that has served three years longer than its guaranteed lifetime, Rogozin said.
Glonass, a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, currently consists of 27 satellites, including 23 operational. The system allows real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the world.
Source: Sputnik News
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