Glonass-M delivered to cosmodrome
The navigation satellite Glonass-M №51, designed and built by Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems, was delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome on November 19.
The satellite was successfully shipped to the launch site, everything went according to plan. In December Glonass-M №51 will be readied for launch.
The satellite is slated to launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in late December aboard a Souyz-2 / Fregat rocket. In orbit Glonass-M is intended to replace another navigation satellite of the GLONASS constellation which has already exceeded its designed lifespan.
Glonass-M №51 is the first spare “reserve” satellite that has been transported to the cosmodrome. Currently there are 8 ground spares (Glonass-M satellites) stored at ISS-Reshetnev Company – today there is no need to launch them because the global navigation satellite system GLONASS is in good health and provides full coverage of the Earth.
Previous launch of a Glonass-M satellite took place on June 14, 2014.