june, 2018

15jun00:00Soyuz • Glonass-M No. 59

Event Details

Launch Date: June 2018
Launch Window: TBA
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat-M
Launch Operator: Russian Space Forces
Launch Site: Site 43/4, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
Payload: Glonass-M No. 59
Payload Type: Navigation


A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome with a Glonass-M navigation satellite to join the country’s Medium Earth Orbit constellation similar in architecture as the American Global Positioning System to provide navigation services on a global scale. Due to problems in getting the next generation after Glonass-M into operation, Russia decided to stretch its existing inventory of Glonass-M ground spares by only launching them when needed. Glonass-M No. 59 was called up for launch when a, eight-year old satellite within Plane 1 of the constellation failed in April 2018.


Mission Resources:

? Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B

? Payload Overview: Glonass-M Satellites & Constellation

Countdown Timeline

Launch Weather

? Launch Site Schedule


(Friday) 00:00 UTC


Plesetsk Site 43/4

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia