Russia's Glonass navigation system will have 18 satellites in orbit by 2005 and 24 by 2010, says the country's federal space agency. Seven satellites are to be launched in the next 18 months. Expansion to 18 satellites will cost $120 million and to 24 saellites will cost twice that, says Viktor Khosenko, Glonass chief at the Applied Mechanics Research and Production Association.

Source: Flight International