MOSCOW, November 4th. / Tass /. After the standard separation from the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket, the upper stage Frigate unit successfully launched the Glonass-M satellite into orbit. This was reported to journalists on Sunday at the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
"Launched on Wednesday, November 3, at 23:17 Moscow time, from the State test cosmodrome Plesetsk (Arkhangelsk region), the medium-class carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1b successfully set the Russian navigation spacecraft Glonass-M into the calculated orbit, said the department.
The ministry reported that the satellite was taken to control ground-based facilities of the Main Testing Center for Space Services named after G.S. Titov of the Space Forces of the VKS.
The Russian navigation spacecraft Glonass-M, launched by the combat crew of the Space Forces of the VKS from the State test space center Plesetsk on Saturday November 3, was put into target orbit at the estimated time and accepted for control by the ground-based facilities of the GS Titov Main Test Space Center Space Forces VKS ", – reported in the department.
A steady telemetric connection is established and maintained with the spacecraft. Satellite systems are functioning normally.
“This is the second spacecraft of the Glonass system, launched into orbit from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2018. The previous launch of the Space Forces VCS launched a combat launch from the northern cosmodrome on June 17 this year,” the Defense Ministry reminded.
The satellite launched into orbit has replenished the composition of the Russian global navigation satellite system Glonass and is at the stage of entry into the system. Now, the Glonass orbital grouping contains 27 spacecraft, of which one spacecraft of the new generation, Glonass-K, is undergoing flight tests and one Glonass-M spacecraft is under maintenance.
This launch was the fourth for Soyuzov-2 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2018. Flight tests of the Soyuz-2 rocket complex began at the Plesetsk cosmodrome on November 8, 2004. Over the past 14 years, 36 launches of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicles of modernization stages 1a, 1b and 1b have been conducted from the northern cosmodrome, including the launch on Saturday.
The Soyuz-2 rocket replaced the Soyuz-U carriers, which were operated at the Plesetsk cosmodrome from 1973 to 2012. During this period, 435 launches of Soyuzov-U were conducted from Plesetsk, during which about 430 spacecraft of various purposes were launched into orbit.