Spacecraft "GLONASS-M" To maintain the operation of the Russian global navigation satellite system GLONASS is expected to launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in mid-may, said Last news on the first day of the weekend, a source in the rocket and space industry.
Now the orbital group of the GLONASS system consists of 26 satellites, 22 of them work for the intended purpose. To ensure global coverage of the globe navigation signals need 24 functioning for the intended purpose of the satellite.
according to his statement, this will use one of the 4 satellites "GLONASS-M" which is in the land reserve." Further launches will be carried out only for operational necessity, i.e. in case of failure of devices in the group. Currently 16 out of 26 orbiting satellites operate outside of life, " added his story source.