1st GLONASS-K2 navigation satellite to be orbited in late 2021
(22 Apr 2021) The first launch of a GLONASS-K2 satellite for Russia's global GLONASS orbital navigation system is scheduled to be held in the fourth quarter 2021, CEO of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company (the satellites' producer) Nikolai Testoyedov said.
According to Testoyedov, deliveries of all on-board equipment have been completed in full; the satellite is ready and is under various tests at the moment. "They [tests] usually take several months," he said.
Last October, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia's State Space Corporation Roskosmos, stated that GLONASS-K2 satellites are capable of providing greater accuracy (less than 30 centimeters) and longer orbital service life.
Russia's GLONASS orbital grouping currently comprises 28 satellites, with 23 space vehicles operating pursuant to their designation.