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Developers GLONASS: In 2011. It is planned to start 5 companions

Developers of system GLONASS have told that next year about 5 companions are planned to start.
according to the general director of Open Society the Russian space systems and general designer GLONASS Yury Urlichicha, now the corrected plan of start of the companion is not confirmed yet.
now in an orbit there are 26 companions GLONASS, from them 20 two work in the usual mode, - at an input stage in the system, four - on regulations.
earlier it was informed that three companions GLONASS - M fallen to Pacific ocean as a result of unsuccessful start of the rocket the Proton - M on December, 5th, has not been insured on 100 %. Official sources did not begin to name the exact sum of the insurance, however according to a number of mass-media, have insured companions only on 5 % from a total cost. Thus, failure can cost Russia some billions dollars.
we Will remind, after the supernumerary situation which have led to loss of three companions of the Russian navigating system, it has been decided to spend a number of additional checks and to postpone the following start of the carrier rocket the Union - 2 with the companion GLONASS - To since December, 28th 2010. On 2011.