Glonass-K satellite readies for launch
ISS-Reshetnev Company has completed the build of a new Glonass-K navigation satellite.
The new Glonass-K includes flight heritage obtained during flight tests of the two previous satellites of this series. Additionally, it has a substantively larger number of components of Russian origin.
The satellite has already completed the full cycle of ground tests that verified its readiness to operate in space.
Glonass-K is now at the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Soon it will enter pre-launch preparations.
Glonass-K is a next-generation series of navigation satellites. It is based on ISS-Reshetnev’s unpressurized Express-1000K platform. Having a mass of 935 kg, the satellite is designed to carry out its mission in space for at least 10 years. Apart from its navigation application the Glonass-K satellite is capable of transmitting signals of the COSPAS-SARSAT international satellite-aided search and rescue system.
Glonass-K satellites are expected to increase the accuracy and reliability of positioning services provided by the GLONASS system.