RAW: Russian Glonass navigation satellite enters orbit

Russian navigation satellite Glonass-M entered orbit more than three hours after blastoff Sunday, the federal space agency Roscosmos said.

Glonass-M was sent into space by a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, as the liftoff took place at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk region.

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

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

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