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Russian positioning satellite GLONASS-M was successfully launched on May 29

Jun.01,2016

The Russian positioning satellite GLONASS-M (No.53) was launched on a Soyuz 2.1B rocket at 11:44 on May 29 local time (17:44 JST) from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. The satellite was put onto an orbit near its prescribed orbit (altitude of 19,100 kilometers and inclination of 64.77 degrees), making the launch a success.

Glonass-M

Image provided by: Russian Defense Ministry

This launch is to maintain the 24-satellite GLONASS satellite positioning system operated by Russia. It also shows that communication with the ground system and on-board equipment is functioning normally. GLONASS is currently a 28-satellite constellation with 24 satellites under operation, three undergoing flight tests and operational checks, and one spare satellite.

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