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Three navigation satellites GLONASS "put into orbit the Earth.
With the introduction of three satellites in operation system GLONASS will be able to provide navigation services round the clock at 100% of the territory of the Russian Federation.
Starting carrier rocket Proton-M "c booster module" DM "and the three satellites GLONASS-M took place from Baikonur in 12:49 Moscow time. Further delivery to the target satellite will orbit the booster module DM. Navigation satellites are to be delivered to the orbit 19,100 miles high. The satellites put into orbit by an improved carrier rocket Proton-M "and their service life extended to 7 years. Earlier satellites GLONASS "put into orbit by means of carrier rocket Proton-K" and the term of active existence of the satellite was 3-4,5 years.
Before this start, consisting of the orbital group of satellites, it was 16: 14 satellites were used for its intended purpose, one is temporarily removed for maintenance and another is at the stage of withdrawal from the system.
order to signal to the navigation system GLONASS "continuously taken throughout the territory of Russia, must be 18 working satellites. Continuous navigation throughout the Earth will be 24 active satellites. Total on-orbit must be 30 satellites, including back-up and remain in service.
Recently, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has sharply increased funding for the federal target program "GLONASS" on 2008-1011 years. We already planned 30.3 billion rubles will be allocated another 67 billion A significant portion of these funds will go to the launch of new satellites.