Russia Begins Mass Production of Glonass-K1 Navigation Satellites
Russia’s Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company has put the advanced Glonass-K1 navigation satellite into mass production.
„These satellites will be used to develop the Glonass grouping in 2017-2019,” Roscosmos said in a statement.
Glonass is a satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. An alternative to the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS), the Glonass network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.
The Glonass network currently consists of 28 satellites, 24 of which are operational.
In November 2014, Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Anatoly Nestechuk said that the testing of the new generation of GLONASS-K satellites will be over by 2015.