. GPS News .

Russia launches navigation satellites
by Staff Writers
Moscow (AFP) Nov 4, 2011

Russia on Friday successfully launched three satellites for its global navigation system Glonass on a Proton-M rocket from its Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian space agency said.

The launch took place at 4:51 pm Moscow time (1251 GMT) and the satellites, part of a system aimed at rivalling the US GPS, were due to go into their fixed orbits later in the evening.

Successful deployment of the satellites is vital for Russia after three Glonass satellites were lost in December 2010 when they plunged into the ocean after a problem with the rocket.

There have been questions over the reliability of the Russian space programme after a Progress supply ship bound for the International Space Station plunged back into Siberia in August after a technical failure.

Russia launches Glonass satellites - Roscosmos
MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) - Russia on Friday launched a Proton-M rocket carrying three Glonass navigation satellites from the Baikonur space center after a 24-hour delay due to technical reasons, a spokesman for the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.

This was first launch of a Proton-M rocket with Glonass satellites from Baikonur since the failed launch last year which destroyed three Glonass-Ms.

The launch was conducted at 16:51 Moscow time [12:51 GMT] on Friday. "The separation of the satellites is expected at 22:41 Moscow time [18:41 GMT]," the official said.

The launch was postponed for a day on Thursday after a malfunction of the switching network was detected during a check of the ground-based equipment at the launch pad.

Glonass is Russia's answer to the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.

Russia currently has a total of 27 Glonass satellites in orbit, although only 23 of them are operational.

According to Roscosmos, two Glonass satellites are under maintenance, one is on a standby, and one recently launched satellite is being integrated into the grouping.

The complete Glonass grouping needs 24 functioning and 2-3 reserve satellites to operate with global coverage.

Related Links
GPS Applications, Technology and Suppliers

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Russia set to launch Proton-M carrier rocket with 3 Glonass-M satellites
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Nov 04, 2011
Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket with three Glonass-M navigation satellites will be launched on Thursday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a spokesman for the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said. "The launch is scheduled for 16:55 Moscow time [12:55 GMT]. The separation of the satellites is slated for 22:45 Moscow time [18:45 GMT]," the spokesman said. By the end of the ... read more

Peru's Congress approves 10-year GMO ban

African farmers struggle to fund green projects

Cultural thirst drives China's high-end tea boom

Asia's largest wine fair kicks off in Hong Kong

The world's most efficient flexible OLED on plastic

A KAIST research team has developed a fully functional flexible memory

UCSB physicists identify room temperature quantum bits in widely used semiconductor

AMD cutting 10 percent of workforce

Aviation grappling with new taxes and rules: AAPA

EU sticks to airline carbon rules despite UN opposition

Asia airline body raps EU plan for carbon tax

OGC Team Produces Winning Single European Sky Aviation Proposal

GM would cut business with Chinese-owned Saab

Toyota profits fall, scraps forecast on Thai floods

US flying car maker eyes India, Brazil, China

GM says may block Saab sale to Chinese companies

US sees surge in visa demands from China, Brazil

Russia to boost trade with China to $200 bn: Putin

N. Korea mineral exports to China triple: report

China says imports to equal exports over five years

Climate change causing massive movement of tree species across the West

Tropical forests are fertilized by air pollution

DR Congo seeks to keep its huge green lung breathing

Forests not keeping pace with climate change

Stalled Weather Systems More Frequent in Decades of Warmer Atlantic

Thousand-Color Sensor Reveals Contaminants in Earth and Sea

NASA Launches JPL-Built Earth Science Experiment

Halloween Weekend Snow Paints a Ghostly Picture in the U.S. Northeast

Graphene grows better on certain copper crystals

New method of growing high-quality graphene promising for next-gen technology

Giant flakes make graphene oxide gel

Amorphous diamond, a new super-hard form of carbon created under ultrahigh pressure


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2011 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement