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After GLONASS satellite explosion, Russia will try launch again

by GPS4US 2013-07-19 17:30
In the wake of a proton rocket explosion that destroyed three GLONASS satellites earlier this month, Russia plans to try again.

Later this year, Ria Novosti reports, Russia will launch two GLONASS satellites to replace the ones lost in the crash.

“We are planning to launch two satellites from the Plesetsk space center [in northern Russia] to replenish the GLONASS orbital grouping following the recent Proton-M accident,” Nikolai Testoyedov, the head of the Information Satellite Systems (ISS) company, which manufactures satellites for the GLONASS project, told Ria Novosti.

The first satellite will be launched in September, with the second one scheduled for late October. Both will be launched on the Soyuz carrier rockets, Testoyedov said, which is a more reliable option.

There are currently 29 GLONASS satellites in orbit, and 24 of those are in operation. Three are spares and one each in a test phase and maintenance phase. GLONASS is up to 20 percent more reliable than GPS, and is featured on several GARMIN GPS units.

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