MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The Glonass-K spacecraft, launched into orbit on February 26, 2011 by the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, successfully passed flight tests. The flight test program was completed in full. All identified comments have been eliminated. After the decision of the State Commission, the Glonass-K spacecraft will be put into normal operation.
The standard orbital group “GLONASS” consists of 24 spacecraft located in circular orbits with an altitude of 19100 km in three orbital planes, 8 spacecraft each.
The control and maintenance of the smooth functioning of the GLONASS orbital group is carried out by the combat crews of the GLONASS control center of the Titov Main Test Space Center of the Aerospace Forces.
Currently, the orbital constellation of the Russian navigation satellite system “GLONASS” includes 27 spacecraft, of which 24 are used for their intended purpose, one is at the stage of flight tests, one is in the orbital reserve, and another is temporarily put out for maintenance.
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