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Russia's Federal Space Agency has adopted a plan for the preparation of space launches in December 2005
Russia's Federal Space Agency has adopted a plan for the preparation of space launches in December 2005, the agency said Wednesday. The agency said it would continue to expand a GLONASS satellite network, which currently includes 14 satellites. "The Baikonur Space Center is preparing the launch of three additional GLONASS satellites on December 25," the agency said. "The main purpose of the GLONASS network is to provide global positioning services for customers." The launch of a Soyuz carrier rocket with a Progress-M55 cargo ship under the International Space Station (ISS) program has been scheduled for December 21. The agency said it would also launch a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket carrying the first European Galileo satellite on December 26. The Galileo program, which was developed by the European Space Agency, envisages a ramified European satellite navigation network, akin to the U.S. Navstar GPS system. According to the agency, the Proton-M carrier rocket with an American AMC-23/ Worldsat-3 communications satellite will take off from the Baikonur Space Center December 6. The AMC-23/Worldsat-3 was manufactured by French company AAS and is owned by the United States' SES AMERICOM, a provider of satellite communications. The satellite, with its high performance and unprecedented coverage of the South Pacific region and the western part of North America, will be available to broadcasters, cable programmers, aeronautical and maritime communications integrators, Internet service providers, mobile communications networks, government agencies, educational institutions and secure global data networks for next-generation communication and content-distribution solutions.
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