GLONASS-M launched to replenish Russian navigation constellation

November 5, 2018  - By
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A GLONASS-M was launched Nov. 3 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense)

A GLONASS-M was launched Nov. 3 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Defense)

A GLONASS-M satellite has safely entered its calculated orbit after a Nov. 3 launch, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The satellite is designated GLONASS-M 757.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1B medium-range rocket took place Saturday, Nov. 3, at 23:17 Moscow time from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

After separation from the third stage of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle, the upper stage Frigate launched the navigation spacecraft into orbit.

The satellite will replenish the GLONASS constellation, which includes 27 satellites. One satellite is the newest model, GLONASS-K, and is undergoing flight tests. Another GLONASS-M is under maintenance.

A few minutes after launch, a steady telemetry connection was established and is being maintained with the satellite, which is functioning normally.

 

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