The breakdown on the orbit delayed the launching of GLONASS satellites. / September 28, 2009 /
Run three satellites of the GLONASS system, scheduled for late September, has been postponed at least a month, Interfax reports with reference to the statement by head of Federal Space Agency Anatoly Perminov.
According to him, one of the satellites GLONASS-M, launched into orbit earlier, broke, and the reason for failure is not yet known.
«While the working group did not report on due to a malfunction, will not start», Perminov said, adding: «For a month, I think, will understand.»
Head of Federal Space Agency at the same time stressed that his agency still plans to the end of 2009 to commission a six-satellite system.
Was assumed that the carrier rocket Proton-M "will bring into orbit three satellites of the GLONASS system on September 25.
GLONASS was conceived as Russias equivalent of the American Global Positioning System GPS.
Creation of this system began in the 80-ies of the last century. It is planned that by 2012 the number of groups reaches 22 vehicles that will allow the signal coverage throughout the globe.
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