Russia retains leading position in space launches: official

Russia retains leading position in space launches: official
# 01 March 2013 18:21 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Russia remains in a leading position in the world market of space launches, the federal space agency Roscosmos said Friday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"In 2012, Russia has conducted 24 space launches, 38 percent of the global launches, with 33 vehicles sent to space," Vladimir Popovkin, head of Roscosmos, said at a board meeting of the agency.

The official said Russia has broadened its global positioning system GLONASS, with 24 satellites placed in orbit and five more in reserve. "One-hundred-percent access to navigation is achieved," he said.

Russia operates 75 commercial and scientific satellites, including 26 communication satellites, 29 navigation satellites, five modules of the International Space Station, two manned spaceships and two cargo craft.

In 2013, Russia's satellite group, including those operated by the Defense Ministry, comprised over one-tenth of the total 1,140 space vehicles orbiting the Earth, according to Roscosmos.

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