Russia to Launch New GLONASS Satellite This Year
The new GLONASS-K navigation satellite will be launched at the end of this year from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. This was announced by Yury Vygonsky, Deputy General Designer for Space Systems Development, General Engineering and Satellite Control at JSC Information Satellite Systems.
“In November-December 2014, we will launch the new GLONASS-K spacecraft. The launch is scheduled to be implemented from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome using a Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket,” Mr. Vygonsky told reporters, noting that three GLONASS-M satellites will be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in April-May 2015.
“If these launches are successful, three more GLONASS-M satellites will be launched at the end of 2015 using the Proton rockets,” Mr. Vygonsky pointed out.
It’s necessary to mention that be noted that the Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is the Russian equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). It can be used to determine the location, speed and exact time of sea, air, land vehicles, and other types of consumers.