The Russian Fregat booster has successfully placed the GLONASS-K satellite into the prescribed orbit according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
The ministry’s information department pointed out that the launch and the operation were carried out as planned and also emphasized that the satellite was placed under control of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ ground aids, stating that the Russian GLONASS-K navigation spacecraft was taken under control of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre of the Russian Space Forces of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The ministry added that connection with the satellite was successfully established and is now fully maintained and the Glonass-K systems are all functioning as normal.
The group of GLONASS satellites comprises 24 spacecraft in circular orbits. At present, the group has 27 spacecraft with 24 of them operational, one is undergoing flight trials, another one is in the reserve, and yet another one is in maintenance.
Two of the spacecraft are of the GLONASS-K series (with the launched satellite to become third), while the remainder are of the Glonass-M series. In the future, all spacecraft are planned to be changed for Glonass-K models.
“The Soyuz-2.1b middle class carrier rocket launched on Sunday, October 25, at 22:08 Moscow time from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region and has successfully placed the Russian GLONASS-K navigation spacecraft into the calculated orbit in the scheduled time,” the ministry said.