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Russia launches GLONASS-M satellite

30 May 2019   (0 Comments)
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The Soyuz-2-1b, with Fregat-M upper stage, was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 0623 UTC on 27 May.



Despite a lightning strike, the launch is reported to have been successful, and the spacecraft was placed in the desired medium Earth orbit (MEO) at a height of ~19,100 km (~11,900 miles) above earth, with an inclination of 64.8º.

With a design life of 7 years, this becomes the 27th satellite in the current constellation - 24 operational, with 3 in flight-test, commissioning and standby.

Further details from NASA Spaceflight