Five Glonass satellites will be launched in 2019
There are currently 26 satellites in the GLONASS group
MOSCOW, May 8. /TASS/. Five more satellites will be added to Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS in 2019, according to the Strategy of GLONASS Development until 2030.
"In the framework of supporting the orbital group of spacecraft Glonass-M and Glonass-K, five more satellites of the GLONASS navigation system will be launched in 2019 by Soyuz carrier rockets. One spacecraft will be launched in the first, second and third quarters each, and another two satellites - in the fourth quarter of this year. In total, three Glonass-M spacecraft will be launched, along with one Glonass-K and one Glonass-K2," the document said.
There are currently 26 satellites in the GLONASS group.
Glonass satellites will be launched with Angara rocket for the first time in 2024
In 2024-2032, 18 Glonass-K2 satellites will be delivered to the orbit by nine Angara carrier rockets
MOSCOW, May 8. /TASS/. The first launch of the Glonass satellites with the Angara carrier rocket is planned for 2024, according to the Strategy of GLONASS Development until 2030.
"The first launch of two Glonass-K2 spacecraft with the Angara rocket will take place in the first quarter of 2024. Angara will also deliver two satellites to the orbit in the third and fourth quarter of 2025 each," the document said.
In 2024-2032, 18 Glonass-K2 satellites will be delivered to the orbit by nine Angara carrier rockets.
Russian satellite Glonass-K2 is a modernized version of Glonass-K. It will be able to transmit nine navigation signals. The satellite's mass will be around 1,800 kg (twice as much as that of Glonass-K1).
Glonass-M satellite launched from Plesetsk reaches designated orbit
The missile’s launch and the satellite orbit insertion with the booster Fregat were normal
MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. The booster Fregat of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle that blasted off from Plesetsk cosmodrome has successfully put a navigation satellite Glonass-M into the designated orbit, the Defense Ministry said.
"The medium-class launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1b that was launched from Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region at 11:54 Moscow time on Wednesday has put Russia’s navigation satellite Glonass-M into the designated orbit," the ministry’s statement runs.
The missile’s launch and the satellite orbit insertion with the booster Fregat were normal.
Russia’s Aerospace Force has taken control of the navigation satellite. "Russia’s navigation satellite Glonass-M, launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome earlier on Wednesday, was put into the designated orbit on time. The Titov Main Space Test Center of the Aerospace Force has taken control of the satellite," the Defense Ministry informed.
Telemetry contact with the satellite is stable and onboard systems function normally.
A Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle carrying the Glonass-M satellite blasted off from Plesetsk at 11:54 Moscow time. Ten minutes later the booster Fregat and the satellite attached to it separated from the third stage. Inserting the satellite into the designated orbit took several hours.
dino00 wrote:With this successful test, the year 2019 was perfect right?
Big_Gazza wrote:dino00 wrote:With this successful test, the year 2019 was perfect right?
Correct, and Russia now sits in 2nd place on the global launch tally list (20 launches) having surpassed the US (19). You can also count 2x Soyuz launched from ESAs Kourou launch center as well. They are not official "Russian" missions but they're Russian rockets and Russian-built facilites.
FWIW Russia should end the year with at least 22 lauches once Electro-L and Gonets go up later this month. Fingers crossed for a perfect year!