A Soyuz-2 rocket launches a Glonass K navigation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Oct. 25, 2020. (Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense)
PLESETSK COSMODROME, Russia (Roscosmos PR) — On Sunday, October 25, 2020, at 22:08 Moscow time from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region, the combat crew of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces launched the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket developed by the Progress RCC (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation) with a new generation spacecraft of the GLONASS system. The launch of the carrier rocket and the insertion of the spacecraft into the calculated orbit took place in the normal mode.
Two minutes after the launch, the Soyuz-2 booster was taken for escort by means of the ground-based automated control complex of the German Titov Main Testing Space Center. At the estimated time, the “Glonass-K” spacecraft was launched into the target orbit by the “Fregat” upper stage manufactured by NPO Lavochkin (part of the State Corporation “Roscosmos”) and taken over to control ground assets of the Space Forces of the Aerospace Forces. A stable telemetric connection has been established and maintained with the satellite. The onboard systems of the Glonass-K spacecraft are operating normally.
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