The state corporation Roskosmos informs that assembly of the Proton-M rocket has begun at the Baikonur cosmodrome, which is to launch the Russian telecommunications satellites Express-80 and Express-103 into orbit.
These vehicles were planned to be sent into space in March. However, during the checks, a factory defect was discovered in the Proton-M rocket, which took several months to fix. As a result, the start was postponed first to May, and then to the end of July.
As is now reported, in the assembly and testing building No. 92A-50 at Baikonur, operations have been completed to assemble the space warhead consisting of the Express-80 and Express-103 satellites, the transition system and the Briz-M upper stage. Now the specialists have started assembling the actual space rocket – this work will last three days.
“Based on the results of scheduled inspections of all systems of the Proton-M rocket, operations will be carried out to refuel the low-pressure tanks of the Briz-M upper stage“, – said in the message of Roskosmos.
We add that the Express-80 and Express-103 devices are designed to provide fixed and mobile services, digital TV and radio broadcasting, high-speed Internet access, as well as data transmission in Russia and the CIS countries.
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