'All-weather' Soyuz-2.1b launches navigation satellite

(27 May 2019) Rocket: Soyuz-2.1b; Payload: GLONASS-M block 55S (S6) Uragan-M No. 758; Date: 27 May 2019, 0623 UTC; Launch site: Plesetsk, Russia. All pre-launch operations and the launch itself proceeded as planned.

As the launch vehicle lifted off from the launch pad, it was struck by lightning. Despite this, all the rocket equipment worked normally and the satellite was delivered into orbit within the designated time.

"The launch was carried out in the normal mode. The weather is not an obstacle and we [the Space Force of Russia's Aerospace Forces] are all-weather troops. This is yet another proof that lightning cannot damage our aerospace weapons," the spaceport's chief said.

The rocket successfully delivered the GLONASS-M navigation satellite into the designated orbit within the designated time.

Specialists of the Titov Main Testing Space Center of the Aerospace Forces' Space Force have assumed control of the space vehicle.

This was the first Soyuz-2 launch from Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2019.

The GLONASS constellation currently comprises 26 satellites, of which 24 are operating according to their functional designation, one is at the stage of flight tests and the other is in the orbital reserve. About 15 satellites are operating beyond their service life.

Reference: Tass