Roscosmos has set the date of the first launch from the cosmodrome East

Launch pad of the Vostochny space centre. March 2016.

The first launch from the cosmodrome East will be held April 27 at 5:01 GMT. This was announced by the state Corporation “Roscosmos”. “The state Commission, having considered the results of integrated tests of launch complex of the Vostochny space centre and the preparation of the carrier rocket “Soyuz 2.1 a”, has decided on the appointment of the first start April 27, 2016 at 5:01 MSK”, — is spoken in the message of Roscosmos in Facebook.

Specialists of enterprises of the state Corporation began preflight training of all systems of the launch site, launch vehicle and spacecraft, noted in “Roscosmos”. The export of “Soyuz 2.1 a” with block removal “Volga” and spacecraft “Lomonosov” and “Stork-2D” and “Contact nanosatellite” (“SamSat-218”) to the launch site was scheduled for April 23.

Previously on the portal of public procurement were published, according to which the first launch is planned from the East to insure 1,84 bn Insurance carrier rocket “Soyuz 2.1 a” is included in this amount and will amount to 1,088 bn Launch complex will be insured on 24,135 billion rubles. the competition Results will be announced on April 22.

The first launch from the East originally was scheduled for December 25, 2015. However, in the two months before that, in October, President Vladimir Putin has postponed the first launch in spring 2016. He expressed the hope that it will be possible to cope to the cosmonautics Day, which Russia celebrates on April 12, but emphasized that the space industry invalid hectic activity, so it is necessary to complete all construction and commissioning activities. Putin stressed that if the holiday is not everything is ready, start to move.

About the time the first run previously appeared repeated and ambiguous data. The head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov, in particular, at the end of March announced that the first launch from the cosmodrome will be held in the last week of April. At the end of December 2015, the General Director of Samara rocket space center “Progress” Alexander Kirilin said that the first launch of the carrier rocket “Union” with the East is planned for April 25. In the “Roskosmos” with the date, named Casilinum, not confirmed, stressing that she “will be determined only after the end of Autonomous and complex tests.”

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