Rus News Journal

Companion GLONASS start is postponed for the next year

the Next start of " carrier rocket; the Union - 2 with the companion GLONASS - To it is transferred since December, 28th 2010. On 2011. On it has informed a source in it is rocket - space branch.
according to a source, it decided to make for additional checks of all technical systems.
we will remind that companions GLONASS - M which have been started on December, 5th 2010. From the cosmodrome Baikonur, in some hours have fallen to Pacific ocean severo - to the west of Honolulu, without having reached an orbit. The non-staff situation can manage Russia in some billions dollars.
after a conclusion of companions to a circumterraneous orbit formation of Russian global navigating satellite system GLONASS should come to the end. In the Minister of Defence have declared that loss of companions will not affect project work as a whole.
Soon after loss of companions president Dmitry Medvedev has charged to check up an expenditure of means for realisation of program GLONASS. Also the president has demanded to inspect the reasons of loss of companions and to find out degree of responsibility of the persons involved in the happened.
the special commission has found out the reason of falling of companions GLONASS. It has appeared that incorrectly written formula in engineering specifications on refuelling razgonnogo the DM block - 3 became the event reason that has led to an overabundance of oxygen and, as consequence, weight excess razgonnogo the block.
orbital grouping GLONASS is intended for granting of services of satellite navigation (definition of a site, speed of movement, and also exact time definition) to unlimited number of domestic and foreign users of land, sea, air and space basing. The first companion of a series GLONASS - M has been put into orbit in 2003.