Glonass navsat Cosmos 2516 is launched by Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat M despite third stage fault

by | Jun 1, 2016 | Launches, Russia, Satellites, Seradata News | 0 comments

The launch of Cosmos 2516 (Kosmos 2516) to a 19,152 x 19,124 km orbit at 64.8 degrees inclination was successfully achieved despite a performance issue reported to the third stage of the Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat M rocket. The Fregat M third stage was reportedly burned for longer to make up for the under-performance of the stage. The satellite, aka Glonass M 53, is part of the Russian Glonass navigation satellite constellation which, like its US GPS counterpart, has both a military and a civilian use. The launch took place at 0844 GMT on 29 May 2016 from the Plesetsk launch site in Northern Russia.

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