With the help of the «Long March-3B» carrier rocket China launched twin «BeiDou-3» navigation satellites into space.
These satellites are the 39th and 40th of the «BeiDou» navigation system, and the 15th and 16th of the «BeiDou-3» family...
On October 5, in the presence of the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, a memorandum on cooperation in the field of manned space exploration and satellite navigation between Roscosmos State Space Corporation and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was signed.
The Convention of the Commonwealth of Independent States on cooperation in the field of research and peaceful use of outer space (hereinafter — the Convention) was signed on September 28, 2018 in Dushanbe (Republic of Tajikistan) during the meeting of the Council of heads of states of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The main topics of negotiations between the «Roscosmos» State Corporation delegation and representatives of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), held on September 25, were the joint work within the framework of manned space programs and possible joint initiatives in the field of satellite navigation.
According to the GLONASS system control center, after the maintenance «GLONASS-M» No. 754 satellite (18 working point) was introduced into the orbital constellation of GLONASS space navigation system on September 21, 2018 and is used for its intended purpose.
The celestial reference system was improved by astronomers. After the updates all calculations will be based on ICRF-3 data beginning January 1, 2019.
The celestial reference system will be updated by astronomers on January 1, 2019.
The last reference frame (ICRF-2) was developed in 2010, it was preceded by ICRF-1.
Space monitoring centers receive and process satellite images. Currently the EMERCOM of Russia uses operational data of Earth remote sensing from 8 Russian and 10 foreign devices. By the end of 2018 it is planned to launch two more spacecraft of the «Canopus» series.
The information reception complex (KPI-5) was developed and manufactured by the Research Institute of Precision Instruments (RIPI, part of Russian Space Systems) by order of the Roscosmos State Corporation to obtain Earth remote sensing data from spacecraft such as «Resurs-P», «Canopus», «Meteor» and others.
«Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems» (ISS, the manufacturer of GLONASS satellites) will offer «Roscosmos» State Corporation to launch another «GLONASS-M» satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in November 2018.
Specialists of «Russian Space Systems» (RSS, part of «ROSCOSMOS» State Corporation) developed a network management architecture for future orbital constellations. Its implementation will make it possible to communicate with each of devices of the satellite constellation around the clock, improve reliability of the control system and significantly reduce the weight and size of communication equipment.