November 27, 2013 12:49
Roscosmos postpones launch of ISS Multipurpose Laboratory Module (Part 2)
STAR CITY (Moscow region).Nov 27 (Interfax-AVN) - Roscosmos has made an official decision to postpone the launch of the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) for the International Space Station (ISS) and return it for improvement, Alexei Krasnov, the head of manned programs at Roscosmos, said.
"We have informed our partners that the MLM will apparently not appear in orbit in 2014," Krasnov told reporters, responding to a question from Interfax-AVN.
Krasnov that said Roscosmos had received an official notification on November 8 from Vitaly Lopota, general constructor and president of the rocket and space corporation Energiya, on the problems that had been discovered with the module, "which will most likely lead to changes in the dates of sending the module to the testing ground and its launch."
An official decision to return the module to the Khrunichev Space Center has been made.
"The decision has been made. We will be working on it," Krasnov said.
Krasnov added that Russia had informed its foreign partners of the postponement of the launch on November 20 during an official ceremony for celebrating the 15th anniversary of the beginning of the construction of the ISS.
Krasnov added that "we will need to adjust our own program" due to the postponement of the launch. Specifically, he said the services provided by the parties on a barter basis will have to be revised.
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