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February 26th, 2011
Glonass-K Successfully Reached the Targeted Orbital Destination

The first new-generation satellite Glonass-K of the GLONASS navigation system has been successfully put into the targeted orbit. The Soyuz rocket which was lifted off from Plesetsk at 06:07 Moscow time successfully carried the satellite with the Fregat booster to orbit. It reached the planned orbit at 09:41 Moscow time. The satellite separated from the booster as planned. High-tech Glonass-K satellite reached its intended orbit about four hours after blasting off on top a Soyuz-2 rocket from Russia’s northern Plesetsk launchpad. “We have established and are maintaining steady telemetry communications with the spacecraft,” a spokesman for the Defence Ministry’s Space Forces told the Interfax news agency. “The on-board systems of the Glonass-K satellite are functioning normally,” the official said. Read More