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    MOSCOW, January 13, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Kovalyov) - The Russian navigation satellite Glonass-M, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 10, 2003 by a Proton rocket carrier, has been placed in the geostationary orbit in the design rest point.

    As has been reported by the Rosaviacosmos (Russian Aviation and Space Agency), at the present time its specialists are checking the functioning of the space vehicle's service systems, and in the next few days a targeted mission apparatus will be switched on.

    The space vehicle Express-AM22, which was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome two weeks later, on December 29, is now drifting along the geostationary orbit in the western direction. The satellite will be finally put at the rest point of 53 degrees of the Eastern Longitude on January 31, while at the present time the functioning of the service systems of the Express-AM22 space vehicle are being checked, the Rosaviacosmos specified.

    The Glonass-M satellite of a new generation was worked out at the Reshetnev Scientific Industrial Association of Applied Mechanics within the framework of the federal targeted programme of the Russian government - The Global Navigation System for 2002-2011. The clients of the space vehicle are the Russian Aviation and Space Agency and the Russian Defence Ministry.

    The Express-AM22 is the first out of five space vehicles which are produced by the Scientific Industrial Association of Applied Mechanics under the contract with the space communication operator - The Space Communication. The satellites of the Express-AM family will make it possible for Russia to go over to a new quality of television and radio broadcasting, of telephone communication, data transmission in the digital format and the Internet access.

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