09 February 2009

GLONASS is operational again within Russia

ITAR-TASS news agency reports that GLONASS satellite system is again operational within Russian territory. At the beginning of February, the system has 20 satellites, including 18 operative. The news agency says: "Eighteen operative satellites are necessary for GLONASS coverage of whole Russia, and 24 for coverage of the whole world." GLONASS is still under refurbishment but the worldwide coverage should be reached in the next few years.