Glonass-M safely delivered to orbit
A Glonass-M navigation spacecraft, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched into orbit on June 17, 2018.
The Glonass-M satellite flew from the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz-2/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 the retired satellite that has outlived its designed lifespan for two years.