Glonass-K successful on-orbit performance
Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems completed in-orbit tests on the service module of the Glonass-K navigation spacecraft launched on
Tests conducted on the next-generation Glonass-K satellite’s service module demonstrated faultless performance of all the satellite subsystems. As of today the Reshetnev team has started testing the satellite’s payload module.
Flight tests of the GLONASS system and its new spacecraft will continue for 2 years.
The Glonass-K satellite is expected to start its experimental mission in May, 2011 as soon as it is ready for entering service.
The Glonass-K satellite was designed and manufactured by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems. It is based on ISS-Reshetnev’s unpressurized satellite platform and has a design life of 10 years.
Glonass-K is a third-generation navigation spacecraft designed to boost the GLONASS system accuracy, functionality and scope of application.
The satellite will broadcast the CDMA civil signal at the L3 frequency, which will allow Russia to provide navigation services to a wide range of users. Besides, Glonass-K is equipped with a COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue payload.