16:41 GMT16 May 2021
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    The Glonass-M navigation satellite, launched from Russia’s Plesetsk space center atop a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, was brought to its target orbit by the Fregat upper stage, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – This is the third liftoff of the Soyuz-2.1 type rocket from Plesetsk in 2016, following the Soyuz-2.1b's successful launch on February 7 and Soyuz-2.1a's successful launch on March 24.

    "The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket successfully brought the Russian navigation space apparatus Glonass-M to its target orbit at the set time," the ministry told RIA Novosti.

    The Russian navigation Glonass-M satellite brought to the orbit by the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket established contact, according to the ministry.

    "Contact was established with the space apparatus, and stable telemetric connection is being maintained. The onboard systems are functioning well."


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    Plesetsk, Soyuz-2.1b, GLONASS, Russia
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