Glonass-M navigation satellite launched into orbit
On November 3, 2018 a Glonass-M navigation satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched into orbit.
The satellite flew to space from the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat launch vehicle.
By now the satellite has already performed Sun and Earth acquisition. A joint team of specialists from the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center (based in Krasnoznamensk) and ISS-Reshetnev Company are currently checking the performance of Glonass-M’s service subsystems.
Upon completion of all check-outs the new Glonass-M spacecraft will augment the orbital constellation of the GLONASS global navigation satellite system. It is intended to replace a retired satellite that has already outlived its designed lifespan.