GLONASS-K is moved to the launchpad.
News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv.
According to a Roscosmos report, the state commission governing rocket launches will launch GLONASS-K1 on February 26 at 03:06 UTC. The launch of GLONASS-K1 has been pushed back for “technical reasons.” The original schedule called for a February 24 launch.
Quoting the commander of the Russian Space Forces, Lieutenant-General Oleg Ostapenko, an Interfax news item stated that there was insufficient time to ready the rocket for launch february 25, though it was announced as a launch date following the scrub on February 25. “The probability of a launch on the 26th is very high,” Ostapenko said.
Meanwhile, Komsomolskaya Pravda quoted an unnamed space industry official as saying that if the launch is not held tomorrow, it will be put off for a month. “[The decision will be] once again to be safe, rather than to carry out the launch, which for technical reasons, was postponed for the second day in a row. Without further checks, and to eliminate technical problems, no one [wants to] take responsibility to conduct the launch,” he said.
Gazeta.ru, an online Russian newspaper, has carried a report in which Nikolai Testoedov, the chief designer and CEO of Information Satellite Systems Reshetnev states that seven GLONASS satellites will be launched this year. In addition to GLONASS-K satellites being launched this month and in December, five GLONASS-M satellites will be launched. Three will be launched on a Proton-M rocket from Baikonur (this launch is expected in June). He said that, in addition, two GLONASS-M satellites will be launched on the Soyuz-2 rocket from Plesetsk. The first of the five GLONASS-M satellites is to be delivered to the customer on February 28.