Russia to resume Proton rocket launches from Baikonur in September
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 5 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Russia will resume Proton-M rocket launches from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in September, RIA Novosti quoted Russian Federal Space Agency's deputy head Alexander Lopatin as saying.
"The first launch will take place when we complete all necessary measures, probably in September," Lopatin told reporters.
Proton-M carrier rocket with three Glonass-M Russian navigation satellites fell on July 2 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome one minute after the start. The Emergency Commission investigating the incident concluded that the incident was provoked by incorrectly installed angular rate sensors.
The Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility. It is located in the desert steppe of Kazakhstan. It is leased by the Kazakh government to Russia (currently until 2050) and is managed jointly by the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Russian Space Forces. Under the current Russian space program, Baikonur remains a busy space port, with numerous commercial, military and scientific missions being launched annually.