First test launch of Irtysh carrier vehicle from Baikonur scheduled for 2022

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The first test launch of the environmentally safe carrier vehicle of the new generation “Irtysh” is planned in 2022 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, said representative of the Roscosmos Group of Companies in Kazakhstan, Anatoly Krasnikov, at a press conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the ISS in Astana, reports.

According to him, it is planned that by 2022 all the work of the ground and technical complex at the Baikonur cosmodrome will be completed.

"Also, all the work on creation of a new carrier vehicle Irtysh will be completed, and by 2022 we will see the first launch of this rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome," Krasnikov said.

He also noted that the Irtysh carrier vehicle is intended for execution of manned programs, both international and national.

Recall, on November 20, 1998, the Proton-K carrier vehicle launched the first Russian module of the future Zarya station into orbit. Then, the individual modules of the station were delivered into orbit for two years and docked in turn, before the first main expedition arrived at the station in November 2000. Since then, the ISS has been continuously habitable.

Today, the ISS is a project which includes five major space organizations of the world: the State Corporation Roscosmos (Russia), NASA (USA), JAXA (Japan), ESA (European Union), CSA (Canada). The ISS consists of 14 modules of scientific laboratories and residential compartments. The total size of the station is comparable to the size of a football field, its weight is about 400 tons. During the day, the ISS travels around the globe about 16 times at a speed of 2,700 km / h. The initial cost of the project was 150 billion US dollars.

Zhanat Tukpiev
14:00, 7 December 2018


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