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Russia will launch six satellites of the global positioning system GLONASS by the end of this year
Russia will launch six satellites of the global positioning system GLONASS by the end of this year, Federal Space Agency Director Anatoly Perminov said. He said at an international forum on satellite navigation in Moscow on Monday that the “GLONASS system is among state infrastructures ensuring navigation safety and economic development of the country”. The first satellite of the system was launched in October 1982. The system was made full in 2005. “In connection with economic difficulties, the group could not be maintained in full,” Perminov said. Under the federal programme Global Navigation System, the satellite group is to become functional over the entire territory of Russia by the end of this year. For this, GLONASS should include 18 satellites. “At the end of the year we shall launch six satellites and increase the group to 18 spacecraft. A regular orbital group of 24 spacecraft will be deployed by 2009. We shall maintain such group by 2011 by launching the new-generation spacecraft GLONASS-K. The GLONASS system is actively developing and is being renewed according to a set timetable,” Perminov said. Federal Space Agency Deputy Director Yuri Nosenko said that 520 specialists representing 186 companies, 34 regions of Russia and 11 countries attend the international forum.
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