Formation of the GLONASS satellite constellation is expected to be completed in the first half of 2011

The main task of Russian Federal Space Agency in the field of satellite navigation in the first and second quarter of 2011 will be the completion of the formation of the GLONASS constellation of 24 satellites and sustainable provision of reception by users around the world, told RIA Novosti the head of the Federal Space Agency Anatoly Perminov.

"The biggest challenge for me — it is the completion of the formation of the GLONASS satellite constellation of 24 satellites, and to draw conclusions from what has happened, and not allow this to continue," — said Perminov.

Three satellites "Glonass-M" was launched a carrier rocket "Proton-M" on December 5. These devices had to complete the formation of the Russian global navigation system GLONASS. However orbit satellites were not withdrawn. Booster with the satellites fell into the Pacific Ocean at 1.5 thousand kilometers north-west of Honolulu.

Responding to a question, that it will take to implement the Federal Space Agency of the plan to complete the formation of the GLONASS constellation, the head of Roscosmos said: "The plan is a new satellite" Glonass-K "for the month of February. Two spacecraft from the reserve into operation we have already introduced, and January 22 satellites will be hard work. "

According to Perminov, the next, 23 th satellite, it’s just a modernized spacecraft "Glonass-K". In addition, the 24th satellite to replenish the group will be ready in March 2011.

"We decide now with the Ministry of Defence to find booster" Soyuz "and the upper stage" Fregat ". How to resolve the issue immediately will start to cook. Thus, in the first and second quarter of 2011, I think, the whole constellation of 24 satellites should be in orbit ", — concluded Anatoly Perminov.

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