Source: satellite launch "GLONASS" a new generation from Plesetsk postponed

The launch from Plesetsk navigation satellite of new generation "GLONASS-K", which is regularly postponed from March, was postponed for October, told RIA Novosti source in the space industry.

In early August, another Agency source in the industry said that the launch rescheduled for the end of August - beginning of September.

"The launch of the satellite "GLONASS-K" is postponed for October, tentatively on the 17th number. No technical obstacles for him there," - said the Agency interlocutor.

Thus, according to him, this launch will take place after the launch from Plesetsk of the three communication satellites "Gonets-M", scheduled on 24 or 29 September. The launch of the satellite "GLONASS-K" and three spacecraft "Messenger-M" is planned with the help of carrier rockets "Soyuz-2.1 b" upper stage block "Frigate".

The first satellite "GLONASS-K" was launched into space in February 2011 and is currently undergoing flight tests. The second "GLONASS-K" was launched in December 2014 and February 2016 works for the intended purpose. In February, the representative of the company "Information satellite systems named after Reshetnev" Roman Fatkulin said that in 2020-2022 years will receive nine "GLONASS-K".

A new generation of satellites "GLONASS-K and GLONASS-K2" are different from the device of the previous generation "GLONASS-M" a large number of emitted navigation signals (five signals in "GLONASS-M", seven, and nine - "GLONASS" and "GLONASS-K2") and long life (seven years, "GLONASS-M" 10 years - "GLONASS" and "GLONASS-K2").

Now the Russian orbital group global satellite navigation system GLONASS includes 27 spacecraft (25 "GLONASS-M" and two "GLONASS-K"), of which 23 work on purpose, one is for flight tests, one in service and two in reserve. For global coverage of the Earth of navigation signals of the system requires 24 operational satellites.