Next Glonass-M satellite arrives at the launch site
The Glonass-M navigation satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev, has arrived safely to the Baikonur cosmodrome.
The spacecraft was first trucked to the airport in a specially equipped dedicated container, and then it was transported by a heavy-lift plane to Baikonur. Everything went off according to plan. Right now the spacecraft is being readied for launch.
It is planned that three navigation spacecraft will be placed into orbit in July, and Glonass-M №48 is the first to go. Apart from this, another Glonass satellite has been already launched this year.
In 2012 the Reshetnev Company completed and handed over two satellites to the customer. However, it was decided not to launch them as the GLONASS orbital constellation was functioning properly.
As provided by the Federal Target Program aimed at the maintenance and development of the GLONASS system, currently there are 12 navigation satellites at various stages of production at ISS-Reshetnev.