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GLONASS Plans 30 Satellites, Complete Augmentation System and Improved OCX by 2020

With a fully operational constellation and a big budget for GNSS, The Russian Space Agency pushes ahead

sergey-revnivykh.jpgSergey Revnivykh, GLONASS program, Roscosmos

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GLONASS completed its long trek back to full operational capability with 24 operational satellites in the constellation last December, but Russia intends to keep pushing ahead with its GNSS, said Roscosmos official Sergey Revnivykh at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in March.

GLONASS now has a 347 billion ruble (US$11.81 billion) budget approved through 2020, by which time the system is scheduled to have 24 satellites transmitting both the new CDMA and legacy FDMA signals.

According to Revnivykh, who directs the Satellite Navigation Department of the Mission Control Center for the Russian Federal Space Agency, the budget includes funds to complete the System of Differential Correction and Monitoring (SCDM), GLONASS’s satellite- and ground-based augmentation system, as well as some receiver acquisition and other projects.

However, most of the funds will go toward satellite development and manufacturing and upgrading the operational control segment.

Program officials expect to enhance GLONASS so as to operate with more than 24 satellites in the constellation almanac in the coming months, Revnivykh said, supporting plans to eventually expend the constellation to 30 SVs.

Later this year, the agency will launch its second next-generation GLONASS-K spacecraft.

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