Russia launches navigation satellite
Plesetsk: Russia Monday launched a navigation satellite from its Plesetsk Space Centre, Space Forces spokesman Col Alexei Zolotukhin said.
The Soyuz-2.1B carrier rocket with the Glonass-M navigation satellite was launched at 12.15 am Monday.
Glonass is Russia`s answer to the US Global Positioning System, or GPS, and is designed for both military and civilian uses. Both systems allow users to determine their positions to within a few meters.
The Russian aerospace industry has faced a series of misfortunes over the last nine months, including the loss of three Glonass satellites, a prized Express-AM4 satellite and the fall of the Progress M-12M cargo in south Siberia`s Altai Republic.
The loss of Glonass satellites alone cost the state 4.3 billion rubles ($152.2 million).
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