Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company has begun preparing and testing a Glonass-K №51 navigation satellite for the upcoming launch and in-orbit operation.
Glonass-K №51 is to replace another navigation satellite which is part of Russia’s global navigation satellite system. The satellite was placed into orbit in 2005 and since then has already outlived its design lifespan by three years. The decision on the GLONASS system replacement was made at a meeting that took place in Moscow and was chaired by Alexander Golovko, Commander of the Russian Space Forces.
Electrical tests on the Glonass-M №51 satellite at ISS-Reshetnev facilities will run till mid-November and then the satellite will be loaded into a transportation container and shipped to the launch site.
Glonass-M №51 is set to launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in late December.