And so, on October 24, 2018, many Russian media informed the public about problems with launch insurance at Roskosmos. And some did it with obvious gloating. We are talking about the launch on November 3, 2018 of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket (possibly Soyuz -1.1b) from the Plesetsk cosmodrome (Arkhangelsk region) with the next Glonass-M spacecraft, as well as the launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket "With the Progress MS-10 cargo ship (flying to the ISS), scheduled for November 18, 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan).
At the same time, the media bypasses one interesting point. Before the mentioned launches, on October 25-26, 2018, a launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the spacecraft of the Ministry of Defense of Russia should take place. And nobody in the media is interested in the issue of insurance.
So, if necessary, they will launch Glonass-M, and all that is needed, and without insurance. Panic does not need to be raised, although the reason for this phenomenon is obvious. In the era of capitalism, the media live on hype.
As for the GLONASS project, the following Russian government agencies deal with it: Roscosmos, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Rostekhnadzor, the Ministry of Transport, Rosreestr, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Rosstandart, Rosaviatsia, Rosmorrechflot, FANO. And they perfectly understand that updating the orbital constellation is simply necessary.
Now the GLONASS constellation consists of 26 satellites, of which 24 are used for their intended purpose (1 for maintenance, another 1 for testing). It is necessary to clarify that 14 satellites are already operating outside the guaranteed service life, and 4 more are confidently “creeping” to this line. At the same time, the last time the group was replenished (by one satellite) on June 17, 2018.