A brief but important piece of information.
Russia's Roscosmos space agency may launch up to four Glonass navigation satellites in 2017, Deputy Director General for Automatic Space Complexes Mikhail Khailov said on Monday.
According to him, the launches will be carried out if operating satellites are out of order.
"It is planned to carry out up to four launches [of Glonass satellites] in 2017 … We will carry them out only when necessary, including the use of the Proton rocket," Khailov said at the meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). The ICG meeting, organized by Roscosmos, is taking place on November 6-11 in Russia’s southern city of Sochi.