MOSCOW, May 29. / TASS /. Russian navigation spacecraft “Glonass-M”, was launched today with the help of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1b” from Plesetsk (Arkhangelsk region), at the estimated time displayed on the target orbit and adopted by the management of land resources of the Main test space center named Mr. .FROM. . Titov Space Forces Aerospace Forces
“With the spacecraft” Glonass-M “. Installed and maintained stable telemetric communication onboard the spacecraft are functioning normally,” – reported today TASS in the press service of the management and information Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
When the unit is put into operation
“Glonass-M”, was launched from Plesetsk, will begin work next month, he told Tass source in the space industry.
“The spacecraft will undergo flight testing before commissioning before the end of June – beginning of July,” – said
The Russian upper stage “Fregat-MT. “. Profile
The Russian carrier rocket “Soyuz-ST”. Profile
Start in normal mode
“Soyuz-2.1b” was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 11:45 MSK.
10 minutes after the start of the space head part of the rocket in the upper stage “Fregat” and the navigation satellites “Glonass-M” cleanly separated from the third stage of the carrier. Later, the upper stage machinery brought into the calculated orbit.
The state corporation “Roscosmos” previously told that before the end of 2017 the national constellation GLONASS navigation system can fill up to eight satellites. At the same time for the launch can be used not only the “Union”, and heavy rocket “Proton-M”. According to the source TASS in the space industry, the launch of “Proton” with up to three devices GLONASS system could take place before the end of 2016.