The satellites were sent into orbit on a Proton-M rocket that blasted off successfully from the Baikonur launchpad in Kazakhstan, said Russia's Federal Space Agency spokesman Alexander Vorobyov.
They are to join Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System, or GLONASS -- the equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.
The system, which serves both military and civilian purposes, was developed during Soviet times and is supposed to have 24 satellites. Their number dwindled after the 1991 Soviet collapse, but the government has earmarked funds to revive the system to its full strength thanks to Russia's windfall oil revenues.
Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said that Tuesday's launch would bring the GLONASS satellite fleet to 18 -- the number necessary to provide navigation services over the entire Russian territory.
He said Monday that the system would be available worldwide by 2010, for which it would need to have 24 satellites.
Now tell me, when will Malaysia ever have such advanced activities? What we have? ANGKASAWAN. He's not even a proper scientist. Malaysia should send a potential rocket scientist to go up there, gain some experiences, and come back with a futuristic idea that can help Malaysia improve and chase up to USA or UK! But noooOOOoo... they have to send a non-rocket scientist and make a big hoh-hah about it.
Welcome to Malaysia!
*Sources from www.thestar.com.my