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The preparations began at the Baikonur cosmodrome on Monday for launching a Proton-K rocket
The preparations began at the Baikonur cosmodrome on Monday for launching a Proton-K rocket that is to deliver in orbit three satellites of the global navigation satellite system (GLONASS) on December 25. The rocket was brought to the cosmodrome on Saturday. Deputy Prime Minister, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said at President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with the government on Monday that the Russian army’s General Staff would lift all limitations on precision of determining coordinates of objects from space beginning from January 1, 2007, “in order the whole system GLONASS begins to work for development of the economy and transport”. Russia will speed up the formation of GLONASS. “By the end of 2007, the whole system covering Russia’s territory in full will be started up, for which it will be necessary to have 18 spacecraft in orbits,” Ivanov said., The GLONASS system was put in operation in 1993. It is intended for operative global navigation support of an unlimited number of ground, sea and space users. GLONASS is to be complete with 24 satellites. The system can operate in full in the interests of Russian users with 18 satellites available in orbit. Their current number is 14.
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