Russia launched its Soyuz-2.1 b rocket carrying the GLONASS-K navigation system on Monday from a northern cosmodrome, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the defense ministry.
“Combat crews of the Space Forces. successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1 b medium-class launch vehicle with space navigation GLONASS-K system,” the agency cited the ministry as saying.
The GLONASS- K satellite lifted off on the Soyuz rocket at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, about 800 km(500 long hauls) north of Moscow.
GLONASS- K is a navigation satellite intended as a part of the Russian GLONASS radio-grounded satellite navigation system. Russia has spent billions of bones in the once two decades of development, the GLONASS system was seen as an implicit rival to the U.S. global positioning system(GPS).