GLONASS-M satellite put into designated orbit

June 18, 2018  - By
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Launch of GLONASS-M 59 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome. (Photo: Marina Lystseva/TASS)

Another GLONASS-M satellite was launched on June 17 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

A Fregat booster carried satellite GLONASS-M 59 to its designated orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday, as reported by Russian News Agency TASS.

“The Soyuz 2.1-b carrier rocket, launched at 00:46 Moscow time from the Plesetsk space center (Arkhangelsk Region), put the Russian GLONASS-M navigational satellite into the designated orbit at the scheduled time,” the statement read.

Ground-based facilities of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre of the Russian Space Forces have assumed control of the satellite.

Telemetry communication with the spacecraft is stable and the onboard systems function normally.

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