Russia launches Glonass navigation satellite

The Russia Aerospace Force successfully launches a Glonass-M navigation satellite into orbit , the Russian Defense Ministry disclosed in a statement.

Russia launches Glonass navigation satelliteA Soyuz-2.1B carrier rocket blasted off from northwest Russia’s Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 9:23 a.m. Moscow time (0623 GMT), and the navigation satellite has been working normally in space.

Glonass is a global navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Force for both military and civilian use.

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Rockets are known to trigger lightning as they ascend through thick clouds or thunderstorms. Famous past incidents of lightning striking a launch vehicle include the Apollo 12 moon mission’s Saturn 5 rocket,

Which was hit by lightning twice in the first minute after liftoff from Florida in November 1969, with the discharge following the Saturn’s exhaust plume to the ground.

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It is a Russian equivalent to the U.S. Global Positioning System and China’s BeiDou navigation system, providing real-time positioning and speed data for land, sea and airborne receivers worldwide.

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