In the first six months of 2013 the Centre "Progress Samara Space Center" provided 10 launch campaigns, 7 of them — from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, 2 from Plesetsk and one — from the Guiana Space Center (South America). Total for the current year is planned to 20-22 starting the campaign. For comparison, in 2012, took place on 14 rocket launches production of "Progress Samara Space Center."
"This year we’re going to set a lot of records, — said General Director of the SRP" Progress Samara Space Center "Alexander Kirilin. — For example, we have provided two starts in the night from 25 to 26 June with a break a little over an hour: the launch of a spacecraft "Resource-P" from Baikonur, and foreign communications satellites from Kourou. Today in the world there is no company that would provide such a rhythm of work. "
In April, the spacecraft was launched on medical and biological purposes "Bion-M» № 1, which has worked 30 days in orbit on May 19 and has successfully completed the mission. As Alexander Kirilin "already preparing for the next research program" Bion-M ", and we expect that he will be booked us for 2016." Other scientific spacecraft manufacturing company — "Foton-M" — is planned to start in April 2014.
Separately, Alexander Kirilin stopped at work to develop space vehicles (SV) remote sensing (RS). "Progress Samara Space Center" is a leading enterprise in Russia in this direction. "Resurs-DK", developed and manufactured in the Samara Space Center rocket, was launched in 2006. "Today, he works stably in orbit, more than twice the stated active lifetime. For 7 years he captured more than 77 million square kilometers of the Earth. For comparison, the territory of Russia is 17 million square kilometers. At present, the company is to build the grouping of Russian high-resolution remote sensing satellites "- said Kirilin.
June 25 launched a spacecraft "Resource-P» № 1, created "Progress Samara Space Center." The unit is in an orbit launch, June 29 it will be translated into operational orbit, and then begin preparing for its intended job — taking the Earth’s surface. Alexander Kirilin spoke in detail about the features of the new spacecraft. "Resource-P" is equipped with additional equipment, other than that which results when the earth’s surface with a resolution of 1 meter. The new satellite can provide a wide-ranging survey of up to 400 kilometers and shoot up to 1 million square kilometers per day. "This is a new-generation, world-level counterparts in that niche. And of course, all the Russian space program and consumers associate it with high hopes. "
Speaking about the group remote sensing satellites in orbit, Alexander Kirilin noted that the company is working hard on creating devices "Resource-P» № 2 and "Resource-P» № 3, the launch of which is planned for 2014 and 2015. So the "Progress Samara Space Center" will provide a constellation of three spacecraft "Resource-P" in orbit.
"Was launched" Resource-P "is significant in that we launched at our launch vehicle" Soyuz-2.1b. " It’s already the 12th, crediting the launch of the carrier program flight tests. Next, we prepare all the materials for the transfer of mass media in the production and operation. As for the "Soyuz-2.1a," we are waiting for the decision of the Government on its transmission in serial production. This is a very significant event, since these two versions were created in modern Russian period. None of the rocket and space industry Russia today can boast the creation of two of these types of equipment, "- said Alexander Kirilin.
Speaking of further modification of the "Soyuz-2" Alexander Kirilin told about the progress of the light class launch vehicle "Soyuz-2.1V." In the last six months were completed test firing of the first stage, and in September of this year is scheduled the first launch of "Soyuz-2.1V" from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. As part of the launch campaign will be used by removing the block "Volga". Alexander Kirilin noted that the work on its construction and testing were provided at the expense of "Progress Samara Space Center."
All three media — "Soyuz-2.1a", "Soyuz-2.1b" and "Soyuz-2.1V" — in the long term will run from the Baikonur East, the first start-up campaign is planned for 2015. Today, several construction spaceport, ordered the equipment under the technical position and launch site, work on the production of carrier rockets. Alexander Kirilin said that the support for the first launch from the Baikonur East campaign nearly made and is currently in custody. "This is the fourth launch site from which to start Samara rocket. Without false modesty, I say that no one company that works with four space centers in the world simply do not "- said Kirilin.
Regarding future plans for the development of enterprise launch vehicles, Alexander Kirilin said that the international aerospace show "Le Bourget — 2013" Center "Progress Samara Space Center" presented a draft of a new two-stage launch vehicle "Soyuz-5". "This vehicle will run on clean fuel — said Kirilin. — Our carriers also fly to the environmentally friendly fuel — kerosene and oxygen. And the "Soyuz-5" will run on compressed natural gas and liquid oxygen, it is more eco-friendly option. "
Alexander Kirilin shared plans for the enterprise in the field of heavy launch vehicles and super-heavy. In "Progress Samara Space Center" held a research work to create 75-ton and 130-ton carriers. Kirilin noted that "TsSKB-Progress" has experience in the production of such equipment — the company was the lead for the production of carrier rocket "Energy". Also, if a decision is made to build a carrier sverhtyatyazhelogo class, then this project will involve a huge amount of business in the first place, the aerospace cluster of the Samara region.
At the show in Le Bourget Samara Space Rocket Center "Progress Samara Space Center" also introduced the model of light twin-engine aircraft "Rysachok", which is currently undergoing certification. The aircraft will be on display, and at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS in Zhukovsky, one machine will be put on static display, and the other will take part in the flight program. Originally "Rysachok" was designed and manufactured in the version for 10 passengers, but is currently being upgraded in the direction of increasing the lifting capacity of up to 16 passengers. "We expect that the" Rysachok "will demand not only in Russia, but in the world" — said Kirilin.