The newest Glonass-K2 will be launched from the Plesetsk site on August 7
It’s exciting to hear about the upcoming launch of the Glonass-K2 satellite! The Glonass-K2 is the third generation of Russian navigation devices, following the first-generation Glonass and the second-generation Glonass-M. The Glonass-K2 satellites can transmit signals in both the L1 and L2 bands, a fundamental improvement over the previous generation, which only used the L3 band frequencies.
The Glonass-K2 satellite with the number 13L will be the first of its kind and launch from the Plesetsk site on August 7. This device is designed to have a working lifespan of 10 years and will provide highly accurate positioning with an accuracy of less than 30 cm. This launch marks a significant milestone for the GLONASS navigation system, ensuring the continuity and improvement of Russian navigation capabilities.
The original plan for the first Glonass-K2 satellite to go into orbit was at the end of 2022, but due to various reasons, it was postponed indefinitely. However, at the end of June 2023, the management of Roscosmos announced its rescheduled launch in August of the same year.
The Glonass-K2 satellites are expected to form the foundation of the Russian navigation system until 2050, indicating the long-term vision and commitment to maintaining and enhancing the country’s navigation capabilities. This development will undoubtedly positively impact various applications that rely on accurate positioning and timing information provided by the GLONASS system.