Russia to Open this Year’s Launch Program by Start of “Proton” with British Communications Satellite
This year’s first space launch of the Russian program is planned for January 30 from the Baikonur cosmodrome – the launch pad No. 200 should start out the carrier rocket “Proton-M” with the British telecommunications satellite Inmarsat-5F2. This was reported to TASS in the press service of the Russian Space Agency.
“Spacecraft Inmarsat-5F2 was delivered to Baikonur on December 18 last year. Boeing specialists from the division of space programs immediately began its preparation and self-checks in the assembly and testing facility,” the Federal Space Agency said.
Specialists of rocket and space industry of Russia are preparing for launch of vehicle and spacecraft space infrastructure. “Today in the assembly and testing facility of Khrunichev Center we are conducting pneumotests of the rocket “Proton-M” and self-checking of fairing. We are at final stages of checking propulsion of the upper stage of “Breeze-M”, the press service said.