Russia: Russia has successfully launched a satellite for the GLONASS navigation system from its northern Plesetsk Cosmodrome. The GLONASS-M satellite was launched by a Soyuz 2-1b rocket, Space Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.
After reaching a designated orbit, the satellite will complete several weeks of commissioning and testing before entering regular service.
The new spacecraft will join the GLONASS system of 23 operational satellites, two spacecraft undergoing in-orbit maintenance and three orbital spares as well as a new-generation GLONASS-K in test flight, according to the Defense Ministry.
Source: RIA Novosti