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Soyuz 2.1b carrying Glonass-M launch
On September 22, 2017 at 03:03 Moscow time from the State Test Cosmodrome Plesetsk in the Arkhangelsk Region, with the military calculation of the Space Forces of the Military Space Forces, a successful launch of the Soyuz-2.1b medium-range rocket with the Russian navigation satellite Glonass-M was carried out.
The launch was conducted under the general supervision of the commander of the Space Forces, the deputy commander-in-chief of the Air and Space Forces, Colonel General Alexander GOLOVKO.
Glonass-M launched by Soyuz-2.1b
Three minutes after the launch, the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle was taken for escorted by the ground-based automated control complex of the Main Test Space Center named after German Titov.
At the estimated time, the GLONASS-M spacecraft was launched into the target orbit by the Fregat upper stage and accepted for control of the ground forces of the Space Forces of the VKS.
A stable telemetry connection is established and maintained with the spacecraft. The on-board systems of the GLONASS-M spacecraft function normally.
Glonass-M navigation satellite
This is the third launch of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle from the Plesetsk space center in 2017. Flight tests of the Soyuz-2 space rocket complex began at the Plesetsk space center on November 8, Over the past thirteen years, 31 launch of Soyuz-2 carrier rockets from modernization stages 1a, 1b and 1c have been carried out from the northern launch site. In addition, 20 launches of the Soyuz-2 rocket were carried out from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
The spacecraft put into orbit will join the orbital grouping of the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS. At present, 25 spacecrafts are part of the GLONASS orbital group, of which the new-generation GLONASS-K spacecraft is being tested, and one GLONASS-M spacecraft is being investigated by the chief designer of the system.
The developers and manufacturers of the Soyuz-2.1b booster rocket, Fregat upper stage, Glonass-M spacecraft are the companies of the ROSKOSMOSA RKC Progress, NGOs Lavochkin and Information Satellite Systems named after Academician MF Reshetnev.
ROSCOSMOS Press Release: https://www.roscosmos.ru/24115/
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