Russia aims to send into space five Glonass navigation satellites this year

The Russian Satellite News Agency was told by an aerospace industry source that they are preparing to bring five Glonass navigation satellites into orbit this year, including four next-generation satellites. Nikolai Gestoyedov, general manager of Reshetnev’s Information Satellite System International Space Station, reported that the Glonass-K2 flight test is scheduled to launch in 2021, and Russia plans to develop 15 such satellites.

This year, five satellites are expected to be launched: the last Glonass-M satellite will be launched this year; two Glonass-K satellites will be launched in the second and third quarters; and two Glonass-K2 satellites will be launched in the third and fourth quarters. Launch quarterly.”Five satellites are planned to be launched this year: the last Glonass-M satellite will be launched within this year; two Glonass-K satellites will be launched in the second and third quarters; and two Glonass-K2 satellites will be launched in the third and fourth quarters. Quarterly launch.”

Russia launched the third Glonass-K satellite into orbit in October last year. Since March, the launch of this satellite has been postponed several times because of development delays induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2003, Russia started releasing Glonass-M satellites, and more than 50 satellites of this old type have already been manufactured. The Glonass-K model produces more navigation signals than Glonass-Ms and has a longer service life. In February 2011, the first and more advanced Glonass-K satellite was deployed, and in December 2014, the second was launched.

There are currently 28 satellites in the Russian Glonass navigation constellation, of which 23 are in service and 2 are under repair. In February, Russian satellite maker ISS-spokesperson Reshetnev’s said that the constellation will add nine next-generation Glonass-K satellites by 2022.