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GLONASS Ground Segment

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Title GLONASS Ground Segment
Edited by GMV
Level Basic
Year of Publication 2011
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The GLONASS Ground Segment (also referred to as Control Segment or Operational Control System) is the responsible for the proper operation of the GLONASS system. Like in GPS, the GLONASS Control Segment monitors the status of satellites, determines the ephemerides and satellite clock offsets and, twice a day, uploads the navigation data to the satellites.[1]


GLONASS Ground Segment
SLR Station in Shelkovo (near Moscow)

The GLONASS ground segment consists of:[2]

  • A System Control Centre located at Krasnoznamensk.
  • A network of five Telemetry, Tracking and Command centers (TT&C):
    • Schelkovo
    • Komsomoisk
    • St-Peteburg
    • Ussuriysk
    • Yenisseisk
  • The Central Clock situated in Schelkovo (near Moscow).
  • Three Upload Stations:
    • Yenisseisk
    • Komsomoisk
    • Schelkovo
  • Two Laser Ranging Stations (SLR):
    • Schelkovo
    • Komsomoisk
  • A network of four Monitoring and Measuring Stations:
    • Schelkovo
    • Krasnoznamensk
    • Yenisseisk
    • Komsomolsk
  • Six additional Monitoring and Measuring Stations are to start operating on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the near future:
    • Yakutsk
    • Ulan-Ude
    • Nurek
    • Vorkuta
    • Murmansk
    • Zelenchuk

System Control Centre (SCC)

The System Control Center (SCC) is responsible for satellite constellation control and management of GLONASS satellites. It provides the telemetry, telecommand and control function for the whole GLONASS satellite constellation. The SCC coordinates all functions and operations at the system level. It processes the information from the Command and Tracking stations to determine satellite clock and orbit states, and updates the navigation message for each satellite.

Command and Tracking Stations

The Command and Tracking Stations are composed by a main network of five Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) stations distributed throughout the Russian territory. The CTSs track the GLONASS satellites in view and accumulate ranging data and telemetry from the satellites signals. The information from CTSs is processed at the SCC to determine satellite clock and orbit states and to update the navigation message of each satellite. This updated information is transmitted to the satellites via the Upload Stations, which are also used for the transmission of control information.

Laser Ranging Stations

The high precision of laser ranging allows use of SLR as a single source of calibration data for GLONASS ephemeris determination, providing solution of following problems:[3]

  • Estimation of accuracy, and calibration of radio-frequency means for GLONASS orbit measurements.
  • Providing SLR stations with geodetic-class RF navigation receivers connected to hydrogen maser frequency standards allows monitoring of on-board clocks and use of the data for operational control of GLONASS time and ephemeris data.
  • SLR station coordinates are used as geodetic base for the GLONASS reference frame.
  • SLR data are used to provide declared values of ephemeris precision.

Central Synchronizer

The Central Synchronizer implements the GLONASS system time scale by means of a high-precise hydrogen atomic clock. The State Etalon UTC (CIS), in Mendeleevo, allows the synchronisation of GLONASS Cesium atomic clocks on-board satellites.



  1. ^ J. Sanz Subirana, JM. Juan Zornoza and M. Hernández-Pajares, Global Navigation Satellite Systems: Volume I: Fundamentals and Algorithms
  2. ^ Current and planned global and regional navigation satellite systems and satellite-based augmentation systems
  3. ^ Russian Laser Tracking Network