by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2017
A commercial launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket is planned for the beginning of April, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos Igor Komarov said. Earlier, the engines of the second and third stages of the Proton-M carrier rockets were recalled at the Voronezh Mechanical Plant because of technical problems.
"We can say right now that the first launch ... the commercial launch of Proton will take place in early April ... and it will not affect the state order," Komarov told the Rossiya 24 television channel on Friday.
In January, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that the launches of the Proton-M carrier rocket would be resumed within 3.5 months.
Source: Sputnik News
Russian Space Agency Develops Program to Improve Carrier Rocket Assembly Quality
Russia's state space agency Roscosmos chief said Friday the agency has developed a special program to improve the assembly quality of Soyuz carrier rockets in wake of an accident with the Progress cargo spacecraft two months ago.
"A special program has been developed, which has been perfected with our colleagues, and we understood its necessity," head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov told the Rossiya-24 broadcaster.
Komarov said the program relies on inspections and the likely causes of the December 1 Progress accident in south Siberia.
"This applies to welds, pyrotechnic fasteners, oxidizer pumps and the assembly of all engine components," he said.
The Progress MS-04 space freighter burned up in the atmosphere and its debris fell in Tuva Republic after a faulty launch on board a Soyuz-U carrier rocket on December 1.
Roscosmos said last month a ruptured oxidant tank on the third stage of the Soyuz-M most likely caused the accident.
Source: Sputnik News
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