Russia to Launch 3 Glonass Satellites on July 2
MOSCOW, June 11 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will launch a Proton carrier rocket with three additional satellites for its Glonass global positioning and navigation network on July 2, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
“Three new Glonass satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center on July 2,” Rogozin said at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday.
Rogozin said that the Glonass satellite grouping currently comprises 24 operational satellites, which ensures its global coverage. In addition, the satellite cluster includes four satellites in reserve and an advanced Glonass-K satellite in a testing phase.
The satellites scheduled for launch in July will replace the ones whose service life has expired, he added.
“Our key goal now is to ensure the demand for data provided by the satellites,” Rogozin said. “We can achieve this goal by involving other countries, for example India.”