In the Plesetsk test launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1b


In the Arkhangelsk region at Plesetsk began transcripts comprehensive tests carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1b. The test was carried a crew of a second center trials and the use of space assets, told reporters on Thursday, the official representative of the Space Troops (KV) of Russia Colonel Vitaly Vyatkin. He said that the Soyuz-2.1b at the end of August to put into orbit a spacecraft series "GLONASS". "The missile has not actually collected, but it is collected for testing" electrically ", that is between a dock level and ground equipment using cable networks" — quoted by RIA Novosti Vyatkina.

Integrated test — an imitation of the flight during which the conduct joint checking electrical assemblies upper stage and payload fairing with a block with a set of accelerators Verification and launch equipment launch complex — so-called "dry run".


"Everything that happens during the flight simulation support, the system records the measurements. If no comments, rocket continue to collect more, "- said the official representative of HF. According to him, the second flight simulation waits rocket "Soyuz-2.1b" is already at the launch pad, the day before the start.

On December last year rocket "Proton-M" could not bring the desired orbit three navigation satellites "Glonass-M". A few hours after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan), they fell into the Pacific Ocean. The devices have been lost due to the fact that the upper stage Block DM-3 was covered with 1.5 tons of fuel (liquid oxygen) more than the norm, Roscosmos reported.


Russian Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS is designed for rapid global navigation-time support an unlimited number of consumers of land-, sea-, air-and space-based. The system was commissioned in 1993. Access to civilian navigation signals of the GLONASS system is provided to Russian and foreign consumers anywhere in the world at no cost and without restrictions.

GLONASS navigation is available in most parts of the world. Formation of the GLONASS constellation was to be completed in December 2010, but failed launch of three satellites pushed those plans.

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