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Russia orbits a new-generation GPS bird
Published: 2011 Feb. 25; updated Feb. 26
A lighter, better version of the Russian navigation satellite went into orbit for a real-time test. The new spacecraft, designated GLONASS-K, promises to eventually replace the GLONASS-M satellites which currently comprise Russia's space-based global positioning system.
A Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage carrying the GLONASS-K1 satellite lifted off Saturday morning, at 06:07:15 Moscow Decree Time, in the Plesetsk launch site.