Roscosmos could launch up to 4 replacement GLONASS in 2017

November 14, 2016  - By

The Russian Defense Ministry successfully launched GLONASS-M 51 (known as 751 in orbit) aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage on Feb. 7, 2016.

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency could launch up to four GLONASS navigation satellites in 2017, reports The satellites will be launched only to replace malfunctioning satellites if necessary, according to Deputy Director General for Automatic Space Complexes Mikhail Khailov.

“It is planned to carry out up to four launches [of GLONASS satellites] in 2017 … We will carry them out only when necessary, including the use of the Proton rocket,” Khailov said at the meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). The ICG meeting, organized by Roscosmos, took place on Nov. 6-11 in Russia’s southern city of Sochi.

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