According to RIA Novosti, the launch of Russia’s second GLONASS-K satellite has been delayed until 2013 from its end-of-year launch date, Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Alexey Zolotukhin said on Monday.
“The launch has been postponed due to technical flaws in the Fregat booster made by the Lavochkin space company,” Zolotukhin said. The new date for the launch will be set at a state commission meeting on spacecraft testing after all the flaws have been fixed, Zolotukhin said.
A Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle had previously been scheduled to lift off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia by the end of 2012.
The satellite will be tested in orbit through 2015 before it becomes operational.