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The Glonass-K satellite launch has postponed again.. / February 25, 2011 /

The GLONASS-K satellite launch moved on February 26 morning, Interfax reports with reference to the Space Forces commander General-Lieutenant Oleg Ostapenko.

Thursday afternoon it became known that due to faulty instrument rocket «Soyuz» satellite launch postponed for a day until February 25, but in the evening in the Space Forces have decided to further postpone the launch.

The launch vehicle «Soyuz» with a navigation satellite aboard postponed due to technical fault. «I do not have time to get rid of the whole cycle of preparation,» — said Ostapenko. He also noted that running need to get the necessary conclusions institutions.

The decision to postpone launch a satellite of the GLONASS system of new generation was made at a meeting of the state commission. Another meeting at which the new start time must be confirmed by the final will be held on Friday afternoon. Commander of the COP estimated the probability of launching on February 26 as very high.

Compared with previous models of satellites GLONASS-K «known for their durability (10 years instead of 5-7 for vehicles» Glonass-M) and smaller mass (it is 935 pounds, and weight "Glonass-M — 1415 kg) . In addition, the new generation of satellites using the additional frequency, which increases the reliability of transmitted data.

In December 2010, ended unsuccessfully launched three satellites Glonass-M. Due to an error in calculating the amount of fuel needed for the launching of the Proton-M satellites were unable to reach the desired orbit and fell into the Pacific Ocean.

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