Russian Defense ministry: Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with Glonass-M satellite Successfully launched from Plesetsk spaceport

Glonass-M satellite put into designated orbit as Russian space troops assumed control of the spacecraft

Russia's Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with a Glonass-M satellite has been launched from the Plestesk spaceport in the northwestern Arkhangelsk Region of the federation, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
Following the successful Monday’s launch, Fregat booster has put the Glonass-M satellite into the designated orbit, a source in the Ministry’s department of information and mass communications told journalists on Tuesday.

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

According to Defense statement, "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 Russian Defense recalled that Soyuz-2 rockets replaced Soyuz-U rockets which were in operation from 1973 to 2012. Adding that as many as 435 Soyuz-U rockets and 44 Soyuz-2 rockets have been blasted off from Plesetsk.

With the new successful launch into the designated orbit, 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.

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  1. When is Russia going to outdo NASA & catchup with space-X with reusable rockets? Russia has the scientists & is the leader in Space launches as well as exporting launch rockets, it seems like a natural progression.


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