Russia’s Proton-M launch vehicle on Friday has effectively put three Glonass-M navigation satellites into orbit from Baikonur space centre.
After December 5th last year, when the launch vehicle deviated from the defined trajectory, causing three navigation satellites to drown in the Pacific, this is now the first launch following the accident.
Russia currently has a total of 28 GLONASS satellites in orbit – but only 20 of them are currently operational. After the launch Russia is now planning to add 4 more GLONASS satellites to the constellation during November.
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