The Space and Air Defense Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1b launcher. The launch took place at 22:54 on March 23, 2014 UTC (02:54 on March 24, 2014 MSK) from the launch pad No. 4 of the launch complex No. 43 of the Plesetsk test site. The launcher and the Fregat boost stage successfully delivered into orbit a new navigation satellite of the Glonass-M type.
The Glonass-M satellite with internal number 54 was designated Cosmos-2494 (UPDATE 05/06/2014: Cosmos-2494 is the designation listed on the official SDKM site. However, as of May 6, 2014 at least one official Glonass bulletin listed is as Cosmos-2491). It received international designation 2014-012A and NORAD IS 39620.
As of March 24, 2014 the Glonass constellation includes 24 functioning satellites with three additional satellites in reserve and one undergoing flight tests.