Glonass-K launch postponed to next year

Glonass-K launch postponed to next year

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Russia: Launch of Russia’s new-generation Glonass-K satellite has been postponed until 2011, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The satellite was about to blast off from the Plesetsk Space Center on December 28.

“Preparations have not been completed for the ground complex to navigate the Glonass-K spacecraft,” the ministry’s statement said.

Glonass-K has a service life of 10 years. It will beam five navigation signals – four in the special L1 and L2 bands and one for civilian applications in the L3 band.

On December 5, a Proton-M carrier rocket with three Glonass-M satellites veered off course and sunk in the Pacific Ocean. The failure was attributed to a series of manufacturing mistakes. The satellites were supposed to finalise the formation of Russia’s Glonass Global Navigation Satellite System.

Russia currently has a total of 26 Glonass satellites in orbit, although only 20 of them are functional.

Source: RIA Novosti