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Six spacecraft will add to Russia’s global navigation satellite system GLONASS in 2007
Six spacecraft will add to Russia’s global navigation satellite system GLONASS in 2007, a spokesman at Moscow’ s Research Institute of Space Instrument-Making told Itar-Tass on Tuesday. Three satellites will be delivered into orbit in September and three in December. The preparation of the craft for flight is going according to schedule. First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov earlier said that the “GLONASS system that is being created at present is called to secure a qualitative breakthrough in the navigation sphere, and has a great potential of commercial use”. “It is necessary to move possibilities of the system maximally close to the user,” Ivanov said. At present, the orbital GLONASS group has 19 satellites. Seven have been temporarily taken out of service and nine effectively provide signals for users. The satellites Kosmos-2424, Kosmos-2425 and Kosmos-2426 were launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in last year’s December. Eighteen operating satellites are needed for the system providing the navigation information for users on Russia’s territory and 24 for global coverage. The satellite of the GLONASS system provide a global radio navigation field, opening a possibility for rapid location of users of ground, sea, air and space-based facilities.
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