On 25 November 2019, at 20:52 MSK (17:52 UTC) the Air and Space Forces successfully launched a Soyuz-2.1v launcher from the pad No. 4 of the site No. 43 of the Plesetsk launch site. The Volga booster successfully delivered into orbit a satellite that received the designation Cosmos-2542. According to the ministry of defense statement, the satellite could monitor the status of other Russian satellites and provide imagery of the Earth's surface.

UPDATE: On December 6, 2019, Cosmos-2542 satellite (44797) released what appears to be an inspector satellite, object No. 44835. The inspector satellite is most likely Cosmos-2543. (See also TASS story.)