Russia to conduct 10 space launches in Q1 of 2011

21:31, January 10, 2011      

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Russia plans to launch 10 space rockets in the first quarter of 2011, Interfax news agency reported on Monday.

Five satellite launches will be conducted from Baikonur site located in Kazakhstan, four from Plesetsk in Arkhangelsk region and one from the Dombarovskaya rocket division deployment area in Orenburg region.

In January, two launches will be conducted from Baikonur, when a Zenit-2SB rocket will bring the latest Elektro-L weather satellite into orbit and the Soyuz-U launch vehicle will take the Progress M-09M cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

In February, Rokot space rocket converted from an ICBM will be launched from Plesetsk with the new Geo-IK-2 surveying satellite.

Also in February, the Glonass-K navigation satellite of a new generation will be launched from Plesetsk and Dnepr rocket converted from a ballistic missile will be launch from Orenburg region carrying seven satellites, including Ukrainian Sich-2.

In March, there will be conducted four or five launches from Baikonur and Plesetsk. Russia to place on orbit five satellites, including one Belorussian satellite.

On March 30, Soyuz TMA-21 manned spacecraft with a crew of three will start to the ISS. The following day, Proton-M will deliver to space the U.S. SES-3 telecommunication satellite and the Kazakhstan's Kazsat-2 communication satellite.

Earlier the Federal Space Agency, Riskosmos, announced that the urgent launch of a Glonass-M satellite would take place in March.

Source: Xinhua

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