GLONASS constellation augmented
A Glonass-M №53 navigation satellite designed and built by Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company was successfully placed into orbit on May 29.
The Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying Glonass-M №53 lifted off from the launch pad at the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 11:44 Moscow time. At 15:16 the satellite reached its intended orbit and separated from the Fregat upper stage.
The ground team took control over the satellite and the telemetry data from it confirmed the satellite’s correct functioning. Technical team at ISS-Reshetnev’s Information Computation Center and the Krasnoznamensk-based Ground Control Center began testing the satellite.
Glonass-M №53 is the 29th satellite in the orbital constellation of the GLONASS system. Apart from it, 24 navigation satellites are fully operational, one is a spare and another one is currently undergoing flight testing. Two other navigation satellites are revised by chief designer of the GLONASS system.