Date: 8 months ago   Category: Space

Source: "Progress of MS-10" will fly to the ISS on a rocket for start of astronauts - RIA Novosti, 8/11/2018


MOSCOW, 11 Aug — RIA Novosti. The Russian freighter "Progress of MS-10" in October for the first time in the history will be started to the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome on the carrier rocket "Union-FG" intended for start of astronauts I have told RIA Novosti a source in space-rocket branch. Today "Union-FG" started 64 times, from them only in three first test start-up the rocket was used for start of freighters. Several times it was applied to sending to space of commercial satellites, but the most part of starts was carried out with the piloted ships. "Start of the freighter is planned at 3:53 Moscow time on October 31" — the interlocutor has told. He has specified that start will be carried out on a rocket "Union-FG" because in due time such rockets a large number has been made, and starts of the piloted ships gradually are transferred from these carriers to new rockets "Union-2". From last year all freighters are already started by this type of carriers. The last rocket "Union-FG" has to be made in the middle of 2019, the interlocutor has told. According to him, the rocket for the forthcoming October start-up will be sent from manufacturer in Samara to Baikonur Cosmodrome in the nearest future. "During week-end the train with two rockets is planned to send to Baikonur Cosmodrome. Rockets are intended for starts on the piloted program. One of rockets will be used for removal into an orbit of the transport freighter "Progress of MC-10" which launch is planned for October 31, 2018. The second rocket has to remove in space the piloted Union of MS-11 ship with the next crew of the International Space Station. This start-up is planned for December 20, 2018" — the interlocutor has told. Before it start of the piloted Union of MS-10 ship will take place on October 11.

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