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The next launch from the spaceport Vostochny after the accident can be postponed for 2018 year

Scheduled for 22 December, the third launch from the spaceport Vostochny can be postponed to the next year, Interfax reported, citing a source at the cosmodrome. Preparation of the launch vehicle for launch is suspended until the end of the work of the emergency commission.

“The ground infrastructure of the Vostochny cosmodrome is preparing for the next launch of December 22 in accordance with the schedule, regular work is underway stipulated by the regulations before the start of irreversible operations. Also, all component parts of the launch vehicle, as well as the Fregat upper stage and spacecraft are ready for assembly, ”the agency quotes the source. However, the launch vehicle preparation for launch is suspended. “The emergency commission will formulate conclusions based on the results of the investigation of the accident of the“ Fregat ”upper stage, launched on November 28. On their basis, a complex of preventive measures will be developed that are mandatory for the enterprises of the rocket and space industry responsible for preparing the launch. Their implementation will take time. Definitely a week will not be enough. The launch will most likely be postponed to 2018 year, ”the source added.

The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle was launched on November 28 from Vostochny cosmodrome. It was supposed to launch the Meteor-M satellite number XXUMX-2 and also 1 small spacecraft into low Earth orbit. According to some data, the satellite may be in an off-design orbit, according to others - it fell into the Atlantic. Roscosmos reported on the formation of the emergency commission, which will have to understand the causes of the emergency situation with the Fregat upper stage. Commission work is scheduled until December 18. The deputy director general of TsNIIMash Oleg Skorobogatov was appointed its head.
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