June 25, 2015

Airbus Defence and Space  Khrunichev Centre started negotiating the use of Angara booster instead Rokot, – the spokesman reports.

Airbus Defence and Space and Khrunichev Centre are the partners in joint Eurockot Launch Services enterprise founded in 1995.

Eurockot Launch Services was established for Rokot light boosters marketing.

According to the spokesman the main reason of the negotiations is expiration of  service term of RS-18B ballistic missile that are being used as Rockot boosters

According to the spokesman the main reason of the negotiations is the fact that service limit (31 years) of RS-18B ballistic missile being used as Rockot boosters will expire in 2016 and prolongation is considered unpractical. According to Roscosmos spokesman Rokot will be launched not more than 5 times: with European Sentinel satellites and Russian Gonets space devices.

“It was initially known that   service period of these rockets is limited and we understand that our cooperation on Rockets comes to an end. That’s why we discuss with Khrunichev Centre further cooperation on other boosters in the framework of our joint enterprise Eurockot Launch Services”. – Airbus Defence and Space CIS branch manager Vladimir Terekhov said .

“Soon Eurockot shareholders supervisory board meeting will take place to discuss  Company activity issues”, – Khrunichev Centre official representative Alexander Shmygov stated.

For now there was only one test launch of Angara light booster performed from Plesetsk spaceport. The price of these boosters is not quoted.

More from this category:
June 26, 2020

Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia” and Space Adventures, Inc. have signed a contract for a short duration spaceflight of two tourists on board the same…

full story
May 22, 2015

Asteroid danger is one of the main threats to the mankind, – stated cosmonaut Alexei Leonov twice Hero of the Soviet Union speaking on Tuesday…

full story
June 23, 2019

This week, the “Typical Flying Day” training was performed by the main and backup crews (main crew – Roskosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, ESA astronaut Luca…

full story
November 7, 2014

Yesterday, on November 6, GCTC saw Interdepartmental Commission meeting and main and back-up crews’ press-conference. The main crew comprises Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, ESA astronaut…

full story
November 27, 2014

The launch of European Astra-2G telecommunication satellite scheduled for November 28 was indefinitely postponed. Proton-M booster already installed on the launchpad will be transported back…

full story
July 24, 2013

Progress M-18M cargo vehicle being the part of ISS since February 2013 will be undocked from the ISS on Friday, July 26, 2013 and sank…

full story
February 6, 2020

According to ISS flight program Soyuz MS-13 crew comprising commander Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA female astronaut Christina Koch successfully…

full story
November 27, 2018

The “Soyuz MS-11” spacecraft is being prepared for launch under the International Space Station program. Experts of RSC “Energia” in the assembly and test facility…

full story