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    The satellite is scheduled to be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s Glonass-M navigation satellite will be launched via Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia on May 21, according to the Russian Federal Space Agency's (Roscosmos) April-June schedule released on Friday.

    "May 21: Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket and Glonass-M satellite vehicle – Plesetsk Cosmodrome," the released schedule says.

    Glonass, a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces, consists of 28 satellites, 23 of them operational. The system allows real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the world.

    The carrier rocket carried another Glonass-M into orbit on February 7 in its first launch from Plesetsk this year.

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