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Russia Launches Glonass-M Navigation Satellite

By Doug Messier
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December 11, 2019
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MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Today, December 11, 2019, at 11:54 Moscow time, the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage successfully launched a Glonass-M navigation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

Separation of the satellite from the Fregat took place normally after three firings of the main engine of the upper stage. 

Glonass-M satellites form the basis of the orbital constellation of the GLONASS system. They provide navigation information and accurate time signals to land, sea, air and space consumers.

2 responses to “Russia Launches Glonass-M Navigation Satellite”

  1. Saturn1300 says:
    And the New Shepard launch today has been put on hold because of fog.KSC has a lot of fog this time of year also. Might delay some upcoming launches. This is just like flying over. My favorite sat view. Take a look at W. Texas. Take a look at the Bahamas.

  2. Pete Zaitcev says:

    Top kek, sanctions work. The production of Glonass-K is shut down because of the lack of critical imported components. The development of Glonass-K2 is way behind. It was supposed to take K and replace all the imported hardware with domestic components, but they have trouble with it. So, they broke out the remaining M from the warehouse, where they were stored in case of a war or other big emergency, and use the old sats to plug glaring holes in the constellation. They really have no choice at this point, even though it’s known that M birds have poor on-orbit lifetimes. If they cannot get K2 flying before they drain down the stores of M, Glonass is going to have a gap.

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