It became known about the postponement of the resumption of launches of the Russian Soyuz carrier rockets from the Kourou cosmodrome located in French Guiana. They were suspended this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to available data, the next launch of the Soyuz rocket will take place no earlier than the end of November. This was reported by RIA Novosti with reference to its own source in the rocket and space industry.
Let us recall that the launch of the Soyuz-STA booster with the Fregat-M upper stage and the Falcon Eye-2 optical-electronic Earth observation apparatus belonging to the United Arab Emirates was supposed to take place in March this year. It was initially postponed due to technical problems identified in the upper stage, which was eventually replaced with a spare. In March, the work of the Kuru cosmodrome was temporarily stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, due to which the launch of the Soyuz was postponed to September-October.
Last month, a spokesman for the state corporation Roscosmos said that the launch of a Soyuz-STA rocket from the Kuru cosmodrome could take place in early November. Now it became known about the next postponement of the missile launch. “Launch postponed to at least the end of November“- said the source, adding that this decision was made due to problems with the upper stage” Fregat “.
As a reminder, since October 2011, 23 Russian Soyuz carrier rockets have been launched from the site of the Kuru cosmodrome. In August 2014, one of the launches ended with the launch of the European Galileo navigation satellites into an off-design orbit. The cause of the incident was a malfunction of the Fregat upper stage.
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