Russia to resume Proton rocket launches from Baikonur in late September
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sep. 11 / Trend, E. Kosolapova/
Russia will resume Proton-M rocket launches from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in September, Novosti-Kazakhstan quoted Russian Federal Space Agency's head Vladimir Popovkin as saying.
"The Proton-M launch will most likely occur in the second half of September. I would not precise the date, because we have a certain agreement with the Kazakhstan, we have to remove all the contradictions with Kazakhstan concerning the launch. Russian Federal Space Agency and Kazakh executive authorities are working on this issue," Popovkin said.
The 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 being leased by the Kazakh government to Russia ( 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.