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Russia launches Glonass navigation satellite
The Fregat booster has successfully placed the Glonass-K satellite into the calculated orbit, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
The ministry’s information department pointed out that the launch and the operation were carried out as planned. It was also emphasized that the satellite was placed under control of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ ground aids. “The Russian Glonass-K navigation spacecraft <…> was taken under control of ground aids of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre of the Russian Space Forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” the ministry informed, adding that connection with the satellite was successfully established and is now maintained. Glonass-K systems are functioning as normal.
The group of Glonass satellites comprises 24 spacecraft in circular orbits. At present, the group has 27 spacecraft with 24 of them operational, one is undergoing flight trials, another one is in the reserve, and yet another one is in maintenance. Two of the spacecraft are of the Glonass-K series (with the launched satellite to become third), while the rest are of the Glonass-M series. In the future, all spacecraft are planned to be changed for Glonass-K ones.