Source Pravda.Ru

Pre-launch preparations begin at Plesetsk cosmodrome

Preparations for two launches have begun at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region of Northern Russia.

The press service of the Russian Space Force reported on Friday that "the light carrier rocket Kosmos-3M is being prepared for launching slated for September 26, 2002. It will put into orbit a spacecraft of the Kosmos series in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry." On Friday Plesetsk combat crews, together with specialists from the Industrial Association Polyot, "are checking the carrier rocket's control systems and preparing its on-board batteries for work", said the press service.

Simultaneously, Plesetsk specialists, together with CSKB-Progress engineers and technicians, are readying a medium Soyuz-U carrier rocket tipped with the Foton-M spacecraft. The blast-off is scheduled for October 15, reports the Space Forces.

"The Foton craft has been manufactured at the CSKB-Progress in Samara on order from the Russian Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and the European Space Agency. Foton will develop space technologies, produce semiconductors and optical glass, carry out general biological research in conditions of microgravitation", reports the space service. Its orbital work will be done in the interest of the European and Russian space agencies, said the Space Forces.

Comments
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
USA plays to pretend a mighty dragon that can no longer breathe fire
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Madrid, shame on you!
Brexit: The UK's misunderstanding of Democracy
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Capital outflow from Russia sets new records
Malaysia complains of faulty Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Men's presence in maternity wards during childbirth considered shameful in Russia
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Russia’s sanctions against Ukraine send message to Washington
Russia sells arms to Asia to maintain peace in the world
The Amazon and the New Conquistadores
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Castro sued over alleged torture
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Castro sued over alleged torture
Malaysia complains of faulty Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets