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EastRussia Bulletin: Failure to launch questioned the effectiveness of the Eastern

EastRussia Bulletin: Failure to launch questioned the effectiveness of the Eastern
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Last week scandals connected with the unsuccessful launch of a rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome caused a wide resonance. This event has caused a new round of criticism of the cost effectiveness of the cosmodrome and its success as a whole, according to the next published issue of the EastRussia bulletin.

The unsuccessful launch of 19 satellites from the Vostochny cosmodrome, estimated at 3 billion rubles, led to a resumption of discussions about the effectiveness of the cosmodrome, which was still in the construction phase faced with many scandals. So, the second launch from the spaceport took place last week: the Soyuz-2.1b booster rocket was to put into orbit a group of satellites, including the meteorological-meteorological M meteor-M. However, due to an error in the flight mission of the launch vehicle and the Fregat upper stage, the rocket failed to enter the transitional orbit and sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

It is worth recalling that the first Soyuz-2.1 carrier rocket was supposed to fly into space on 27 last April, but due to technical problems a minute and a half before launch, the launch was postponed for 24 hours. The rocket flew 28 April, the launch was successful. It is known that the next launch from Vostochny, scheduled for December 22, can be postponed to 2018 year, which is connected with the checking of the Fregat upper stage, which will be sent to the manufacturer. Meanwhile, last week the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle took place from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, which successfully launched Defense Ministry satellites into orbit, which emphasizes the failure of the Vostochny cosmodrome.

It is also reported that, against the background of unsuccessful launches, unauthorized dumps of construction debris were discovered on Vostochniy. Storage sites for construction debris, located on the territory of the cosmodrome, including in the immediate vicinity of the launching table and facilities, were identified by a commission, which included representatives of the regional government, supervisory authorities and public figures. By decision of a special commission, they must be removed before 1 May 2018.

A detailed analysis of this and other relevant topics can be found in the weekly bulletin EastRussia (
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