The deputy commander of the Space Forces aerospace Russian forces Colonel tests Andrew Ivashina spoke about the development of the GLONASS satellite constellation.
at this point in the GLONASS constellation consists of 27 units. Of these, 23 are used for their intended purpose, and two are in the orbital reserve. Another satellite passes flight tests and one temporarily withdrawn for maintenance.
at the end of 2017 or in early 2018 plans to launch the first satellite-generation “Glonass-K2” – is an advanced modification of the third generation of satellites “Glonass-K” (first generation – “Glonass . “, the second -” Glonass-M “)
If you create on-board equipment of new navigation satellites, according to Mr. Ivashin, the Russian element base will be employed in active lifetime of such devices is 10 years for comparison.. satellites “Glonass-M” are designed to operate for seven years.
“ orbital constellation of Russia is today in the process of improving and updating. the introduction of the advanced element base in spacecraft significantly – in two, and then in tripled their term of active existence of “, – said Andrey Ivashina
Meanwhile, 25 November 2016 were completed installation and commissioning work on the installation bezzaprosnoy measuring stations of the GLONASS system in Hartebisthukskoy Radio astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in the Republic of South Africa ( SOUTH AFRICA).