Russia Prepares to Launch Glonass-M Navigation Satellite in December

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Launch of Soyuz-2.16 rocket with Glonass-M spacecraft - Sputnik International
Th new satellite will serve as a scheduled replacement for another spacecraft, put into orbit in 2005.

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KRASNOYARSK (Sputnik) — Russia's Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company has begun preparations for the regular operation of a new Glonass-M navigation satellite scheduled to be launched in December from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, the company’s press service said in a statement Monday.

"Glonass-M navigation satellite №51 will be launched at the end of December 2015 from the Plesetsk space center," the statement reads.

The company added that the satellite would serve as a scheduled replacement for another spacecraft, put into orbit in 2005.

Glonass, a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Forces, currently consists of 28 satellites, allowing real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the world.

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