Il y a à Baïkonour 4 objets qui vont prendre le chemin de l'espace dans les prochaines semaines ou mois provenant de chez Energia:
- le bloc DM pour la fusée Proton et ses Glonass (lancement 25 septembre)
- le soyouz-TMA16, habité avec le clown canadien (30 septembre)
- le progress M-03M, ravitaillement pour l'ISS (mi-octobre)
- le progress M- MRM2 qui acheminera le module MRM2 (novembre)
September 15, 2009.
S.P. Korolev Baikonur Branch Office, Baikonur Cosmodrome
S.P. Korolev Rocket & Space Corporation Energia specialists are conducting prelaunch activities of four space vehicles to be launched from September to November 2009, namely, Upper stage DM, manned space vehicle Soyuz ТМА-16, cargo space vehicle Progress М-03М and cargo vehicle-module Progress М-MRM2 carrying a mini research module MRM2.
Upper stage DM is being prepared for launch slated on September 25, 2009. The Upper stage will deliver three Russian navigation spacecraft Glonass-M to working orbit under GLONASS program.
A final phase of manned space vehicle Soyuz TMA-16 prelaunch operations for fueling and gas filling has been initiated. The scheduled post-shipment vehicle system tests due to after vehicle transportation from RSC Energia plant to Baikonur processing facility including electrical tests of the onboard systems, vehicles tests in vacuum and anechoic chambers have been performed. The vehicle is slated to lift off on September 30, 2009.
Cargo space vehicle Progress М-03М is being processed for launch planned in mid October this year. The vehicle acceptance and verification activities post shipment from RSC Energia to the Cosmodrome have been completed, electrical tests of onboard systems are under way, the vehicle is being prepared for tests in vacuum and anechoic chambers.
Cargo space vehicle Progress М-MRМ2, which arrived to SC integration and test facility at the end of last week, was exposed to acceptance after transportation from RSC Energia. Electrical tests of the vehicle onboard systems are currently being conducted. The vehicle-module will lift off in November 2009.
The launches of vehicles Soyuz ТМА-16, Progress М-03М and Progress М-MRM2 are covered by the International Space Station program, for which RSC Energia is a prime developer and integrator of the Russian Segment, responsible for development and operation of the main station modules, Soyuz ТМА, Progress M vehicles of the station logistics support system.www.energia.ru