July 02, 2018 15:19
Launch of Soyuz-ST with European satellite from Kourou spaceport delayed until Nov 6 - source
BRUSSELS. July 2 (Interfax) - Russia does not have enough time to launch three Soyuz-ST launch vehicles from the Kourou Space Center before the end of 2018 due to a delay in the program of launches.
The launch of Soyuz-ST launch vehicle with a European satellite was initially scheduled for October 6, a source in the aerospace industry told Interfax.
"However, evaluating relevant conditions and the launch vehicle's readiness, the decision was made to move the launch to November 6," the source said.
In all, three Russian launch vehicles were expected to take off from the Kourou Space Center by the yearend. Italy's CSG-1 satellite was scheduled to be launched in November, which was to be followed by the launch of OneWeb's pilot mini-satellites.
Due to the delay of the European weather-forecasting satellite's launch, the launch of two more rockets from Kourou was endangered.
"One of the three launches has to be postponed until next year. This is most likely to be Italy's CSG-1 satellite. However, a lift-off of satellites under the contract with OneWeb may be adjourned," he said.
MetOp weather-forecasting satellites are a constellation of weather-forecasting satellites, which are on the polar orbit at a distance of about 800 kilometers from the Earth. The first MetOp-A satellite was lifted off on October 19, 2006, the second MetOp-B satellite on September 17, 2012. Both weather-forecasting stations have successfully been operating on orbit since their launch.
sb gc ar
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
May 26, 2019
Corvette Gremyashchiy begins builders' trials in Baltic Sea
Patriarch Kirill sanctifies Church of All Saints in Strasbourg
Fighting for Tripoli to continue, militia to be amnestied - Haftar
NATO calls on Russia to immediately free Ukrainian sailors, ships
Syrian military repel attack by some 200 militants in Hama province, destroy over 50 terrorists, armored vehicles - center for reconciliation
Some 80,000 police officers worked at 'Last Bell" events in schools - Interior Ministry
Yury Molodchenko resigns as deputy governor of Rostov region
Three people killed in car crash in Dagestan
Rescuers find bodies of another 2 tourists who went missing in Khakasiya in fall 2018
Firefighters extinguish fire in Irkutsk shopping center, 500,000 square meters burns down - Emergency Situations Ministry
Four people, including 3 children, killed in fire in house in village in Krasnoyarsk Territory
Northern fleet repels massive air attack
U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about results of the trilateral meeting on Afghanistan settlement that took place in Moscow on April 25, prospects of the intra-Afghan meeting in Doha, and Russia‘s role in the Afghan issue.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has given an interview to Interfax ahead of the Alliance‘s 70th anniversary that is to be celebrated on April 4. He speaks in the interview about the NATO‘s vision of future relations with Russia, its attitude to the situation surrounding the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) Treaty and the New START Treaty, as well as further plans of expanding the Alliance.
British Ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about the current situation in the relationship between the United Kingdom and Russia, the impact of the Skripal case on it, the restoration of the numbers of diplomatic staff, exchange of information on counter-terrorism, possible introduction of sanctions over the Kerch Strait incident, the INF Treaty, and British-Russian economic relations.