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New generation Glonass development to start from 2017

Russian satellite producer Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems plans to start developing a new generation satellites for the country’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in 2017, CEO Nikolai Testoyedov said Tuesday.

The company plans to finish developing the projected satellites, called GLONASS-KM, in 2020, Testoyedov said, adding that sometime in 2025 the satellites could be launched into orbit.

GLONASS’ current fleet comprises 30 GLONASS-M satellites and one GLONASS-K satellite, with enhanced features.

GLONASS is an alternative to the U.S.’ Global Positioning System (GPS) and the E.U.’s future Galileo positioning system.

Separately, Testoyedov said that the Luch-5B communications relay satellite is expected to be carried into orbit in mid-2012. The first satellite, known as the Luch-5A, was put into orbit Monday.

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Prime Business News

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