Newest Glonass-K satellite launched into space
Glonass-K navigation satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched on October 25, 2020.
A Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the satellite lifted off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 22:08 Moscow time. Glonass-K separated from the Fregat upper stage normally at the designated time.
A team of specialists from the operating organization and ISS-Reshetnev Company checked out initial modes of the satellite’s orientation and started testing its onboard systems. The telemetry confirmed proper functioning of instruments onboard Glonass-K and successful deployment of its mechanical subsystems.
Glonass-K, the third in a series of new navigation satellites, represents a significant upgrade of the existing GLONASS satellite constellation. In addition to positioning and timing services, it is also designed to receive and relay signals of the COSPAS-SARSAT International Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue System.
The Glonass-K satellite has a designed lifespan of 10 years.