A Russian navigation satellite lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket at 21:46 GMT (00:46 local time) on Sunday, June 17. The Glonass-M satellite will replace the aging Glonass navigation station in the county’s Glonass network.
The network provides real-time positioning data said to be on par with that of the United States’ Global Positioning System. Sunday’s launch brought the number of spacecraft within the Glonass network’s fleet to 26.
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