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Soyuz Rocket to Launch GLONASS Satellite

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Soyuz Carrier Rocket Ready for GLONASS Satellite Launch

MOSCOW, June 10 (RIA Novosti) – A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket is ready for the launch of the GLONASS-M spacecraft scheduled for June 14, Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesman for Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces, said Tuesday.

Technological operations to assemble the Soyuz rocket have just been completed at the Plesetsk Space Center in northern Russia’s Arkhangelsk region, Zolotukhin said.

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Glonass navigation satellite launched by Soyuz rocket

Russia launched a Glonass navigation satellite Saturday on top of a Soyuz rocket, releasing the spacecraft into orbit about 12,000 miles above Earth three-and-a-half hours later.

The Soyuz 2-1b rocket, crowned with a Russian Fregat upper stage, lifted off at 1716 GMT (1:16 p.m. EDT) from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome about 500 miles north of Moscow.

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