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Raumfahrt - Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with Glonass-M satellite launched from Plesetsk spaceport

17.03.2020

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A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a Glonass-M satellite has been launched from the Plestesk spaceport in Russia’s northwestern Arkhangelsk Region, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"At 21:28 Moscow time on Monday, March 16, a combat duty unit of the Russian space troops of the aerospace forces conducted a successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1b medium-class carrier rocket with a Glonass-M navigation satellite from the Russian Defense Ministry’s spaceport in the Arkhangelsk Region (Plesetsk spaceport)," it informed.

The Fregat booster with a Glonass-M satellite has separated from the carrier rocket, the Russian defense ministry said.

It was the second Soyuz-2 launch from Plesetsk in 2020. The ministry recalled that Soyuz-2 rockets replaced Soyuz-U rockets which were in operation from 1973 to 2012. As many as 435 Soyuz-U rockets and 44 Soyuz-2 rockets have been blasted off from Plesetsk.

Quelle: TASS
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Russia’s Glonass-M satellite put into designated orbit — defense ministry

Russian space troops have already assumed control of the spacecraft

Russia’s Fregat booster has put the Glonass-M satellite into the designated orbit following Monday’s launch, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry’s department of information and mass communications told journalists on Tuesday.

"The Soyuz-2.1b medium-lift launch vehicle successfully put the Glonass-M spacecraft into the designated orbit as scheduled," the source said.

Russian space troops have already assumed control of the spacecraft. Stable telemetry communication has been established with the satellite, and its systems are operating normally.

The launch took place at 21:28 Moscow time on Monday, from the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia. The booster and the satellite separated from the carrier rocket ten minutes later.

It was the second Soyuz-2 launch from Plesetsk in 2020. Soyuz-2 rockets replaced Soyuz-U rockets, which were in operation from 1973 to 2012. As many as 435 Soyuz-U rockets and 44 Soyuz-2 rockets have blasted off from Plesetsk.

Quelle: TASS
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