One more Glonass-M joins another two at the cosmodrome to prepare for a July launch
Today Glonass-M №50 has reached the Yubileiny airport in Baikonur aboard a heavy-lift IL-76 cargo aircraft. The satellite was developed and built by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems.
All stages of the satellite’s transportation were controlled by a team of ISS-Reshetnev specialists. Once Glonass-M is disembarked, it will be taken to the integration and test facility at the cosmodrome to undergo final pre-launch testing and preparations. The spacecraft will be placed into a tilt-rotation fixture to accommodate a fully filled propellant tank as well as its solar arrays. Next up will be the electrical testing of the assembled satellite. ISS-Reshetnev technicians are currently working at the launch site to carry out these activities.
Glonass-M №50 is to be placed into orbit in a group of three navigation satellites in July this year. Another two spacecraft also designed and manufactured by the Reshetnev Company were delivered to Baikonur earlier and now they are going through all necessary pre-launch procedures.