Expert: Arianespace will not be able to do without Russian “Unions”

MOSCOW, October 28 — RIA Novosti. The dispute between the Russian Federal space Agency and Arianespace about the payment of launch vehicles (LV) “Soyuz-ST” in the interest of the European space programme will be resolved, as in the next 10 years Europe will not be able to create the PH of this class, said to RIA Novosti on Friday, the academician of the Russian Academy of cosmonautics named after Tsiolkovsky Alexander Zheleznyakov.

Earlier official representative of the Russian space Agency said the French media that the rocket “Soyuz” will not be delivered to the French company Arianespace as long as the Corporation will not receive funds blocked in connection with the appeal in the court of the former shareholders of Yukos. To date, the accounts of Roscosmos frozen about 300 million euros.

“The situation is really complicated: our assets have been frozen, and Russia is owed money receives. The position of Roscosmos, right, it will force Arianespace to find some way out of this situation, because today in Europe of rockets of this class just yet, and even if they now begin to work on such a project, they have this will take about 10 years,” said Zheleznyakov.

The expert expressed the hope that the resulting complications will be overcome in the near future. He noted that even in the case of a negative scenario – the gap cooperation launches from Kourou — Russia’s losses will be minimal, as is for the next triggers in the interest of the European side, “the Union-ST” has not yet made.

“The backlog, which will be used in other missiles of class “Soyuz-2″ because most of the systems used in these missiles, a few were adapted to the specific conditions”, — said the Agency interlocutor.

Developed on the basis of the rocket “Soyuz-2” the Russian rocket “Soyuz-ST” is designed for commercial launches of spacecraft in the damp conditions located on the equator, Kourou (French Guiana). She adapted to the requirements of the Guiana space center in terms of security (receiving telecommand from the Earth to the termination of the flight), telemetry system (transmitters operating in the UHF band with a European frame structure telemetry) and operating conditions (humidity, sea transportation and others).