Conditional start " the Union - ST " from the cosmodrome the Hen it is planned for evening on May, 5th
Moscow, on May, 5th - News. Conditional start (for the purpose of preparation for real start) the first carrier rocket " the Union - ST " from the Gviansky space CTR (GKTS) it will be made on Thursday evening, the representative of Russian Space Department has informed News.
Earlier it was informed that under the advisory committee decision on January, 27th in Paris, the first start " the Union - ST " W razgonnym the block " the Frigate - SB " workings out NPO of a name of Lavochkina should take place on August, 31st, 2011. The rocket delivers to an orbit two companions 4 the European navigating system " Galileo ". On April, 29th the carrier rocket " the Union - ST " for the first time has been taken out on a starting complex for the purpose of complex checks of all systems.
" On Thursday refuelling of the carrier rocket by fuel components will be made. In 22. 30 Moscow time it is planned to make conditional start of the carrier rocket " Union ST " - the interlocutor of agency has noted. As informs Russian Space Department, direct broadcasting of the video reporting from a starting complex in the French Guiana through satellite communication channels 4 the Russian participants of the program " is provided; the Union " in GKTS ".
On ekvatolnom the cosmodrome check of rail system which connects a starting complex, montazhno - a probation complex of the carrier rocket " is already spent; the Union - ST " and a place where the mobile tower of service, the employee 4 integration of pay loads on the carrier rocket in vertical position, and also 4 protection " is established; the Union " and the personnel from deposits.
the Mobile tower of service (MBO) has been created by the Russian experts specially 4 starts " the Unions " from the French Guiana. MBO allows to prepare the carrier rocket and the companion in vertical position. It essentially distinguishes assemblage process on a starting complex " the Union " in the French Guiana in comparison with the horizontal technology used on Baikonur and Plesetsk. Vertical technical process of integration is traditional for the French Ariane 5 carrier rocket and other western carriers.
it is impossible to prepare Many European companions for start in horizontal position and in the subsequent to translate in the vertical. To capture all kinds of space vehicles which can be started from the cosmodrome the Hen with the help " the Unions " the technology of vertical assemblage has been confirmed. Besides, in the South America where the cosmodrome the Hen settles down, during a season of rains there are such periods when for days drops out more than 500 millimetres of deposits. MBO protects the rocket and the personnel from downpours in preparation for start.
the Carrier rocket " the Union - ST " it is developed and made in " TSSKB - Progress " within the limits of the program " the Union in the Gviansky space CTR " (GKTS, the South America, the French Guiana). " the Union - ST " - carrier rocket updating " the Union " adapted for requirements GKTS regarding security, system of telemeasurements and service conditions.
the First start-up about the Hen is postponed within several years for various reasons. Last time start has been transferred since December, 17th of last year for summer of 2011 from - for decisions of the owner of companion Hylas - 1 to put the space vehicle into orbit not on " the Union " and on the European rocket Ariane - 5.
project realisation " the Union in GKTS " will open to Russia and the European Union new horizons in space development. Thanks to arrangement GKTS in ekvatolnoj areas of the Earth, the modernised Russian rocket " the Union - ST " can deduce into orbits heavier space vehicles, than at starts from the cosmodromes Baikonur and Plesetsk.
Europeans, in addition to own carriers of heavy class Ariane - 5 and EZ class Vega, will RCV Russian " the Union " - the most reliable rocket of middle class in the world, adapted for a tropical climate and all safety requirements.