Russia’s Soyuz Launches Another Glonass Satellite
[Satellite TODAY 10-04-11] Russia has launched a Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) satellite on a Soyuz-2.1 rocket from the Plesetsk spaceport, Baikonur officials confirmed Oct. 2.
The Global navigation satellite system Glonass aims to provide location, speed and time monitoring services to Russian military and civilian users, rivaling the U.S.-based GPS system. Glonass also was designed to provide continuous year-round global navigation support regardless of weather conditions.
A Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M booster will launch a Glonass-M trio from Baikonur in early November 2011, followed by a Soyuz-2-1B rocket carrying another Glonass-M into orbit from Plesetsk later that same month.