Launch of first GLONASS-K2 satellite postponed until 2022
(21 Jul 2021) The launch of first Russia's next-generation GLONASS-K2 navigation satellite has been postponed until 2022, a rocket and space industry source was quoted as saying by Tass news agency.
"GLONASS-K2 will be ready this year, with the possibility of being launched early next year," the source said.
GLONASS-K2 is the next-generation navigational satellite of Russia's GLONASS positioning system. On 22 April, CEO of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company (the satellites' producer) Nikolai Testoyedov said the inaugural launch of the spacecraft was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2021.
In October last year, GLONASS chief designer Sergei Karutin told TASS that GLONASS-K2 satellites will provide navigation precision of better than 30 cm. In turn, Testoyedov said that the new satellites' launch was postponed from 2020 to 2021. According to the official, a portion of onboard equipment required further work during ground experimental run.