Re: Glonass satellite launched , Merry Christmas

From: George Olshevsky (
Date: Sun Dec 25 2005 - 15:16:57 EST

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    And a Merry Christmas/Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from me, too!
    Spacetrack has started adding to its catalogue; there seem to be seven
    objects from this launch thus far, of which four have been listed.
    There is some trouble with this launch. Here is the New York Times
    report from earlier today:
    December 25, 2005
    Russia Launches 3 Navigation Satellites
    Filed at 10:04 a.m. ET
    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia launched three navigation satellites Sunday from
    the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
    The satellites, sent into orbit on a Proton-K rocket, are to join
    Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System, said a duty officer at
    Baikonur, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not
    authorized to speak with the press.
    He could not confirm a report by the Interfax news agency, citing an
    unnamed source at the cosmodrome, that the Russian Space Troops had
    been unable to establish control over two of the satellites.
    GLONASS is the equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or
    GPS. It serves both military and civilian purposes.
    Developed during the 1970s, the system originally had 24 satellites,
    but the number had dwindled to 14 before Sunday's launch. The
    ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Russian Space Troops spokesman Alexei
    Kuznetsov as saying that Russia hopes to have to the full complement
    of 24 satellites in the system by 2010.
    On 12/25/05, Kevin Fetter <> wrote:
    > 3 glonass satellites were launched using a proton rocket, from Baikonur this morning.
    > No orbital data on spactrack so far.
    > To me fellow sat observers, merry christmas.
    > Kevin
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