Three new satellites in orbit
Last modified on Friday, 28 December 2007 02:48
Russia has launched three satellites to extend its Global Positioning System so that it covers all Russian territory. The satellites were onboard a Proton-M rocket that blasted off yesterday from Kazakhstan.
The system, which is used for military and civilian purposes, was developed during the previous Soviet era. It initially had 24 satellites, but some of these are believed to have broken down, leaving gaps in the coverage.
Russia is using its oil money to revive the satellite system. The launch would bring the GLONASS satellite fleet to 18, the number necessary to provide navigation services over the entire Russian territory.
Later, there are plans to extend the system worldwide, which would bring the system back to its original 24 satellites.