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Russia to approve USD 12 bn for Glonass

Moscow, Russia: Russia may spend RUB 346.5 billion (almost USD 12 billion) on its Glonass navigation satellite system in 2012-2020, according to Russian space agency, Roscosmos. The agency and economics ministry agreed on a draft development programme for the Glonass project. It has been submitted for government’s approval.
The expenditures include RUB 146.9 billion (USD 5 billion) to support the system and RUB 138.3 billion (USD 4.6 billion) to develop it. A group of 31 Glonass satellites is currently in orbit, with 24 operating to provide global coverage, four in reserve and one undergoing trials.
In 2020 Russia plans to have 30 satellites in orbit, including six in reserve. To support the orbital grouping, Russia plans to launch 13 Glonass-M satellites in 2012-2020 and 22 new-generation Glonass-K spacecraft to replace the outdated spacecraft.
For the purpose Russia will build eight Proton-M and 11 Soyuz-2.1b carrier rockets.
Source: RIA Novosti