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BAIKONUR MODERNIZATION UNDER LV SOYUZ-5 LAUNCHES

Modernization of launch complex at Baikonur Cosmodrome under a new LV Soyuz-5 has to begin in two years. There is a possibility to continue launches of LV Zenit until this time.

To launch LV Soyuz-5 in specified deadlines (in 2022), modernization of the launcher should begin in two years before (in 2020).

LV Zenit operation will be possible if S7 Space Company that performs as an operator of launches from the platform in the Pacific Ocean (Sea Launch project) and from Baikonur (Land Launch project) concludes contracts for delivery of the Russian components for this type of launch vehicles, which assemble in Ukraine.

On July 22, it became known of beginning of works on creation of launch vehicle Soyuz-5. RSC Energia, RSC Progress and NPO Energomash are engaged in its development. For providing of piloted launches from Baikonur, it is necessary to restore LV Zenit mobile moving towers on the launch complex, which was intended for astronauts and was constructed in the USSR.

It is supposed that the Kazakhstan side will pay works on modernization. Astana is ready to allocate $314 million.

LV Soyuz-5 will be capable to place into an Orbit near 17 tons of payload. It will launch from Baikonur into an Orbit with commercial and scientific satellites, but not with military loads, the head of Roskosmos has told in July earlier. Soyuz-5 also will place new piloted ship "Federation" into an Orbit.

Link: https://iz.ru/770548/2018-07-25/modernizatciia-baikonura-pod-puski-soiuz-5-nachnetsia-cherez-dva-god.
Photo by: https://www.roscosmos.ru/162/
BAIKONUR MODERNIZATION UNDER  LV SOYUZ-5 LAUNCHES