Orbital group of the Russian navigation system GLONASS has secured first navigation signal on a global scale, data can now get users around the world, the press-secretary of the enterprise "Russian Space Systems" (PKC) Alexander Zubakhin.
"From 9 am Moscow time put into operation the first of three navigation satellites, launched Nov. 4, 2011. Thus, in the constellation GLONASS system currently operates 24 satellites used for their intended purpose, which ensures hundred percent coverage of the entire globe, "- said Zubakhin.
According to him, only a part of the GLONASS constellation is currently 31 spacecraft, 24 of which are used for their intended purpose. Three satellites — at the commissioning stage, two — for maintenance — one to test systems, another — in reserve.
Satellites "Glonass-M" are designed and manufactured JSC "Information Satellite Systems Academician MF Reshetnev "under the federal target program" Global Positioning System ". They replenish the constellation Russia since 2003. Guaranteed active lifetime of spacecraft "Glonass-M" is seven years.
Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS was commissioned in 1993. Access to civilian navigation signals of the system is provided by Russian and foreign consumers anywhere in the world at no cost and without restrictions.