In the assembly building site 31 Baikonur calculations NPO Lavochkin and branch TSENKI — Space Center, "South" are working on inspections upper stage "Fregat-SB", which, together with the carrier rocket "Zenit-3M" , will have to launch a Russian scientific apparatus "Spektr-R".
Held pneumatic test booster, is an assembly of circuits for electrical inspections of systems "Frigate". Today has also been successfully carried out the disclosure antenna booster and verification of their functioning. Starting the "Spectrum-R" with the 45th site Baikonur is scheduled for the second half in the middle of the summer of 2011.
"Spektr-R" — Astrophysical Observatory of the international project "Radioastron" created by NPO Lavochkin commissioned by Roscosmos. The developer of the scientific equipment is the Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute. "Spektr-R" is designed to study the solar wind and the interplanetary magnetic field, galaxies, quasars, black holes and neutron stars. The laboratory has a launch weight of about 3850 pounds. The satellite time — not less than 5 years.
The spacecraft is based on a universal platform "Navigator" development NGOs im.Lavochkina. The upcoming launch will be the first in which the platform will be used by the "Navigator".