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3 New GLONASS Birds Launched

Posted by Dave Smith On 12/26/2007 07:37:00 PM 1 comments

In echoes of Christmas Past, ITAR-TASS and others are announcing the launch of three new GLONASS space vehicles. They were launched from Baikonur atop a Proton-M at 22:32 Moscow time on Tuesday.

Refer to the GLONASS site for current SV status: http://www.glonass-ianc.rsa.ru/pls/htmldb/f?p=202:20:16827457493506720876::NO:::

At present, it does not yet show the three new SVs active. Of a total 24 slots, 18 are presently occupied, with two temporarily switched off, and 3 undergoing decommissioning.

This brings GLONASS close, but still short of its current goal of 18 SVs. Six more GLONASS satellites are scheduled for launch in 2008, and the first two improved GLONASS-K satellites are scheduled for launch the following year, hopefully rounding out the full complement of 24.

On a related note, former spymaster Vladimir Putin has stated an intent to use GLONASS to spy on his dog, Connie.

1 Response for the " 3 New GLONASS Birds Launched "

  1. sim says:

    I love this note on former spy spying on his dog :)

    tags: Kazakhstan, hmm...
    oh yeah, Baikonur is in Kazakhstan. It is like tag all GPS sats launches "Cape Canaveral" :)

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