The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that the country successfully launched the Glonass-K satellite into the calculated orbit using the Fregat booster, according to the Russian news agency Tass.
“The Soyuz-2.1b middle-class carrier rocket launched on Sunday, October 25, at 22:08 Moscow time from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region has successfully placed the Russian Glonass-K navigation spacecraft into the calculated orbit in the scheduled time,” the ministry noted.
The ministry’s information department pointed out that the launch and the operation were carried out as planned. It was also emphasised that the satellite was placed under the control of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ ground aids.
“The Russian Glonass-K navigation spacecraft was taken under control of ground aids of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre of the Russian Space Forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces,” the ministry said, adding that connection with the satellite was successfully established and is now maintained. Glonass-K systems are functioning as normal.
The group of Glonass satellites comprises 24 spacecraft in circular orbits. At present, the group has 27 spacecraft with 24 of them operational, one is undergoing flight trials, another one is in the reserve, and yet another one is in maintenance. Two of the spacecraft belong to the Glonass-K series, while the rest are of the Glonass-M series. In the future, all spacecraft are planned to be changed for Glonass-K ones.