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.