Russia Successfully Launches Its Own Navigation Satellite

Russia successfully launched a navigation satellite on Monday, the Defense Ministry said.

A Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle, supplemented by a Frigate orbiting injector, departed from the Plessetsk spaceport in northern Russia at 04:52 on Monday morning.

It dropped a navigation satellite of the Glonass-K type into the planned orbit at the scheduled time.

Glonass is the Russian counterpart of the American GPS, the European Galileo and the Chinese Beidou. Russian military ground installations have since gained control of the newly launched artificial satellite.

“We continue to receive stable telemetry and everything on board is running normally,” the Defense Ministry said.

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