Glonass-M satellite launched
A Glonass-M navigation satellite, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company, was successfully launched into orbit.
A Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying Glonass-M lifted off from a pad at the Plesetsk cosmodrome on May 27 at 09:23 Moscow time.
The Glonass-M satellite was released into an on-target orbit, having been delivered there by a Fregat upper stage. By now the satellite has been already controlled by ground means of the Russian Aerospace Forces. According to telemetry received from it, the satellite is operating normally.
The Glonass-M satellite augmented the orbital constellation of the GLONASS navigation system and is now going through a commissioning phase.
As of today, the GLONASS orbital constellation is comprised of 27 satellites. One of them, a Glonass-K satellite, undergoes flight tests, the another one, Glonass-M, is an in-orbit spare.