Khrunichev Center told about the fate of Proton-M missile launches after marriage


Detection of low-quality components in the Proton rocket, which was supposed to launch Express communications satellites into orbit, will not interfere with the continuation of launch campaigns. The Khrunichev Center is committed to providing launch vehicles for all launches planned for this and next year.


This statement was made by the Director General of the company Alexei Varochko in an interview with RIA News.

For launching campaigns, there will be enough "Protons" that are already manufactured or are in the production stage.

Information about defective parts appeared on March 10. The Roscosmos State Corporation, together with the Center for the Operation of Terrestrial Space Infrastructure Facilities, during a quality check of the Proton-M rocket, which they planned to use to put the Express-80 and Express-103 communications satellites into orbit, was found to be defective. Nonconforming requirements turned out to be bolts of fastening of pipelines of the second stage. They decided to fix the problem at the launch site, at the Baikonur cosmodrome, and not return the launch vehicle to Moscow.

The pair launch of the Express satellites due to the detection of defective parts was decided to be postponed from March to the end of May.
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  1. slipped 16 March 2020 09: 47 New
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    They will replace the bolts. The launch of this media at the end of May. Everything will be fine. Checks for new equipment are ongoing.
    1. tihonmarine 16 March 2020 09: 51 New
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      Quote: slipped
      They will replace the bolts. The launch of this media at the end of May. Everything will be fine.

      Yes, I would like to.
      1. Shurik70 16 March 2020 13: 21 New
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        What was delayed for two and a half months, this, of course, is strange.
        Perhaps from the fact that the full cycle of re-verification will be.
        But I am glad that the check works qualitatively.
        I hope that measures will be taken to punish the perpetrators and prevent further marriage.
    2. bessmertniy 16 March 2020 09: 55 New
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      I am glad that in the country there are good bolts. The sad thing is that defective for good will change for more than two months.
      1. Boratsagdiev 16 March 2020 10: 41 New
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        Apparently many need to be replaced in hard-to-reach places.
        Another question is what they were made of and who?! ...
        not Chinese or from your favorite silumin ...
        1. bessmertniy 16 March 2020 10: 55 New
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          Well, God forbid. The main thing is that they screw it well into these inaccessible places. wink
      2. DymOk_v_dYmke 16 March 2020 12: 19 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        I am glad that in the country there are good bolts.

        A good “bolt”, and with an adequate thread for the task, is always good. laughing
      3. Den717 16 March 2020 13: 59 New
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        Quote: bessmertniy
        The sad thing is that defective for good will change for more than two months.

        There is still such a thing - a temporary launch window or "start window". Maybe it’s the matter?
      4. Old Michael 16 March 2020 21: 25 New
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        The sad thing is that defective for good will change for more than two months.

        Of course, sad. And then it would be possible to put a bunch of bad bolts on some crazy ideas in the third decade of April!
  2. Invoce 16 March 2020 09: 52 New
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    Military acceptance on top! During effective managers, the main thing is profit! And roadmap approval meetings. Naturally, the salary of effective managers is also important! Government orders are important, and everything else, including the result, is how it goes. Only final acceptance of products, incl. Military acceptance will reduce the number of marriage!
    1. Andrei from Chelyabinsk 16 March 2020 09: 54 New
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      So military representatives seem to be taking it like that, aren't they?
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        AUL 16 March 2020 10: 42 New
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        Quote: Andrey from Chelyabinsk
        So military representatives seem to be taking it like that, aren't they?

        Accept ... So you have to whistle with a whistle those receivers who missed this marriage and kicked out a wolf ticket from the industry! So that, finally, there is responsibility for their affairs.
      2. knn54 16 March 2020 11: 58 New
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        At the “due time”, bailers were equated with saboteurs, during WWII saboteurs. VERY helped. I’ll tell a real story.
        A non-working device comes from Baikonur. A PZ (representative of the Customer), that is, a military representative, was called to the stand. The essence of the "malfunction" in the following was that the contacts on the connectors were almost black.
        The installer washed it with alcohol and it worked. They say that there were no showdowns at the spaceport — Gorbachev’s times, however.
        By plane send the device from Kazakhstan to Ukraine and back to spend several minutes on cleaning. Impressive, is not it.
        1. DymOk_v_dYmke 16 March 2020 12: 25 New
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          Quote: knn54
          The essence of the "malfunction" in the following - the contacts on the connectors were almost black.

          And how did the gilded contacts turn out to be "almost black"?
          On the "excuse" it seems.
    2. Vladimir61 16 March 2020 12: 15 New
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      Quote: Invoce
      Military acceptance on top!

      Well, it was discovered already in Baikonur! And where was she at the Khrunichev Center committed to?
      I don’t know how it is organized and whether it carries out quality control of all components, but there are specific employees of the Quality Control Department, supply and sales departments ... Here it is necessary to start with “chopping down tails” - positions, qualifications, salaries and bonuses.
      And then, the director of the Center reported .. but are there any personnel decisions? No, so the director does not belong there!
  3. slipped 16 March 2020 09: 57 New
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    Quote: bessmertniy
    I am glad that in the country there are good bolts. The sad thing is that defective for good will change for more than two months.


    Why is "more than two months?" Less. The launch was previously scheduled for March 31st. They will be replaced during April, and the rest of the time will be spent on preparing the carrier.
  4. rocket757 16 March 2020 10: 01 New
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    QUESTION - Where did the marriage come from? After all, this is the space industry, all the same, the most, when it was !!!
    1. cniza 16 March 2020 10: 29 New
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      All the problems in the head, from there to the marriage, until the heads start to "chop" nothing changes ...
      1. Boratsagdiev 16 March 2020 10: 43 New
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        One can’t get away with “cutting”, here a “system” is needed.
        Starting from education in kindergartens and ending with responsibility at the workplace.
        1. cniza 16 March 2020 10: 51 New
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          This system can not even be invented, but restore the one that was, bringing it to a new time ...
          1. Boratsagdiev 16 March 2020 10: 54 New
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            Well, this takes time and desire ...
            and this is not even observed on the horizon.
            "only kings and priests are in their heads"
            1. cniza 16 March 2020 11: 06 New
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              Money there and other benefits, but not success in work ...
    2. Doctor 16 March 2020 10: 35 New
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      QUESTION - Where did the marriage come from?

      They also announced the closure of production at Fili. People slowly began to hammer in to work.
      1. rocket757 16 March 2020 10: 45 New
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        Incredible, but obvious ... nothing is interesting to these managers .... un not familiar with other concepts than profit.
  5. Andrei Nikolaevich 16 March 2020 10: 02 New
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    For almost 30 years, the industry has been in poverty. Everything will be fine. The road will be overpowered by a walker.
  6. slipped 16 March 2020 10: 05 New
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    Quote: rocket757
    QUESTION - Where did the marriage come from? After all, this is the space industry, all the same, the most, when it was !!!


    Where from? Order from another manufacturer. Yes, and "when it was" also for everyone, just did not advertise on the Internet. The main thing is that they found it before the launch and there is an opportunity to fix it.
    1. rocket757 16 March 2020 10: 46 New
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      Everything happened ... but the crayfish were 3 rubles each and the foam on the beer was thicker!
      1. Boratsagdiev 16 March 2020 10: 56 New
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        laughing good
        but the draft is still sometimes diluted)
        1. rocket757 16 March 2020 11: 23 New
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          Wow! There was no beer, one foam! That’s why I didn’t like it before ... now it’s a choice for every taste and color, but crayfish are no longer three rubles each and it’s sad.
          1. Boratsagdiev 19 March 2020 10: 20 New
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            beer lovers minus laughing
            "Comrades" snobs and sofa specialists!
            I did not just find that time, but lived in that period.
            You won’t believe it, but you even used beer vending machines (some of them are probably out of the ordinary). laughing
            1. rocket757 19 March 2020 10: 43 New
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              Quote: BoratSagdiev
              You won’t believe it, but you even used beer vending machines (some of them are probably out of the ordinary).

              I believe there were WINE automatic machines, oil from automatic machines was poured, and others. Other.
              Quote: BoratSagdiev
              beer lovers minus

              It’s hard to say who exactly ... from just personal “fans” to those who are for and those who are against ... in short
              Quote: BoratSagdiev
              "Comrades" snobs and sofa specialists!
              I did not just find that time, but lived in that period.

              There is a category of fans to argue about the "taste of bananas, with those who ate them!"
  7. ultra 16 March 2020 10: 10 New
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    The bolts will be replaced, only the industry can no longer be saved. Our entire so-called space program is in a coma.
  8. slipped 16 March 2020 10: 18 New
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    Quote: ultra
    The bolts will be replaced, only the industry can no longer be saved. Our entire so-called space program is in a coma.


    Are you talking about? lol Where are the facts? There is an ongoing federal space program that is being implemented. For example, today the launch of the next Glonass-M No. 60 according to plan. laughing

    And these are new communication satellites with an active life of 15 years, which should be launched in May:

    1. Lannan Shi 16 March 2020 10: 43 New
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      There is an ongoing federal space program that is being implemented.

      Ugums, ogums. Performed. What's up with moon 25? What year was supposed to fly away? IN 2014? In what year did the Swedes get out of the program? Realizing that if it flies, then not tomorrow and not this decade? By the way, they did fly away with the Chinese. What year was the launch delayed again?
      Moon 25 brilliantly shows the situation in Roscosmos. What is cut in the depressed USSR - flies. What is being done in prosperous Russia is planned for flight.
      1. slipped 16 March 2020 11: 04 New
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        Quote: Lannan Shi
        Ugums, ogums. Performed. What's up with moon 25? What year was supposed to fly away? IN 2014? In what year did the Swedes get out of the program? Realizing that if it flies, then not tomorrow and not this decade? By the way, they did fly away with the Chinese. What year was the launch delayed again?


        "Once again" was already two years ago. Since that time, the launch has been assigned to a new astronomical window - for the year 2021. In general, for the current federal space program, three launches to the moon according to plan. The device, which Switzerland did not supply to the Moon-25, was replaced by a domestic analogue.

        Quote: Lannan Shi
        Moon 25 brilliantly shows the situation in Roscosmos. What is cut in the depressed USSR - flies. What is being done in prosperous Russia is planned for flight.


        Meanwhile, the Spektr-RG astrophysical observatory, located at Lagrange point L2, sent new scans of the starry sky laughing



        This is a map in galactic coordinates, obtained after three months of viewing the sky with the ART-XC telescope of the Spectrum RG observatory. The map contains all the events recorded during this period in the energy range of 4-12 keV.
        1. Lannan Shi 16 March 2020 11: 54 New
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          Quote: slipped
          "Once again" was already two years ago.

          What's in quotation marks? 3 or 4 transfers. So it’s not “next,” but just another.
          Quote: slipped
          Meanwhile, the Spektr-RG astrophysical observatory, located at Lagrange point L2, sent new scans of the starry sky

          Why not send it? Spectrum was derived by Proton, the sixty-wise year of the sample. The ability to launch what was launched half a century ago is not a reason for violent rejoicing.
          By the way. Lunokhod 1 lunched 8 or 9 years after the start of the project. The moon 25, even in theory, will not moon before its 17th anniversary. Those. in the conditions of technology of the 21st century, the Russian Federation completely loses to the USSR, which has recently left the war.
          Dixi.
          1. slipped 16 March 2020 12: 23 New
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            Quote: Lannan Shi
            What's in quotation marks? 3 or 4 transfers. So it’s not “next,” but just another.


            No, the station would have been ready last year, but they didn’t have time to deliver the devices. Now they are undergoing tests, after - installation on a flight product. Run according to plan.

            Quote: Lannan Shi
            Why not send it? Spectrum was derived by Proton, the sixty-wise year of the sample. The ability to launch what was launched half a century ago is not a reason for violent rejoicing.


            In the first Proton-M launch vehicle has been manufactured since 2001 and has already passed four stages of modernization since that time. Secondly, the station itself is a new Russian development on the Navigator platform, which is also successfully used in other products. For example, in the Electro-L spacecraft standing on the GSO and regularly sending photos of our planet every half hour:



            Quote: Lannan Shi
            By the way. Lunokhod 1 lunched 8 or 9 years after the start of the project. The moon 25, even in theory, will not moon before its 17th anniversary. Those. in the conditions of technology of the 21st century, the Russian Federation completely loses to the USSR, which has recently left the war.


            By the way, huge money was spent on the lunar program of the USSR. For example, out of 11 launched third-generation stations for the return of lunar soil, only three successfully sat on the moon (!) And completed their work. Russia cannot afford to lose a comparable number of landing stations laughing, therefore, carefully preparing to land on the moon with the first device.
    2. ultra 16 March 2020 13: 07 New
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      The fact of the matter is that the “current one.” It flows right all the time. Where is our new manned, where was he supposed to fly? What is the perspective of the LV? How many scientific spacecraft have we brought out in thirty post-Soviet years?
      1. slipped 16 March 2020 13: 18 New
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        Quote: ultra
        The fact of the matter is that the "current." It flows all the time to the right.


        Where to the right, if it is before the year 2025? The last critical launch in it is the Spectr-UV Astrophysical Observatory, scheduled for October 23, 2025.

        Quote: ultra
        Where is our new manned, when did he have to fly?


        In 2021, from the Vostochny cosmodrome, it was postponed to 2023 after the readiness of the start of the second stage, the start of construction of which was delayed, let down Spetsstroy. Now construction is at an accelerated pace.

        Quote: ultra
        What is there with promising launch vehicles?


        The Angara launch vehicle is preparing for the next LCI in Khrunichev. Parts of the prospective Soyuz-5 launch vehicle are being tested, the launch of the carrier in 2023, according to the readiness of SC site 45 at Baikonur or SL. A preliminary design of the carrier with LNG engines is being developed and work has begun on the creation of an ultra-light reusable missile on the subject of “Wing-SV”.

        Quote: ultra
        How many scientific spacecraft did we derive in thirty post-Soviet years?


        A lot of. And even more scientific instruments were displayed on various spacecraft of both domestic and foreign production.
  9. Justme 16 March 2020 10: 25 New
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    To understand the situation at key enterprises and research institutes, it is highly desirable to have a system of informal scientific and technical audit, .. or supervision if you want. I worked for a long time at the Space Research Institute (NIIFI Penza). On the one hand - there has always been a fact - an informer-on-informer, but when everyone drives hack there, all this army of informers is silent in a rag.
    But there one could write a paper - how and at what stages the whole surrounding public drives hack work, how defective design decisions are laid and the like.
  10. Ua3qhp 16 March 2020 10: 39 New
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    Quote: JustMe
    I worked for a long time at the Space Research Institute (NIIFI Penza). On the one hand - there has always been a fact - an informer-on-informer, but when everyone drives hack there, all this army of informers is silent in a rag.

    Creepy office. And what products fail-safety test did not pass?
    If they did, then why "defective design decisions." There are no limits to perfection.
    1. Justme 16 March 2020 11: 18 New
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      For example, there is such a parameter - temporary instability.
      They made a sensor that goes into the missile control loop. This sensor is honestly tuned, it takes a long time to tinker with, but tuners begin to have a slight psychosis in a couple of weeks. The reason is simple - the thin-film technologies used are not stable (they can be stable if the whole technological process is extremely thoroughly debugged). If you tighten the setting and change, the parameters will shift and possibly go out of tolerances. But in time this is - a couple of weeks and let's say - now they have skipped, and then what?
      1. Ua3qhp 16 March 2020 12: 42 New
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        Do they pass periodic tests? There should be a reliability test section. After which all parameters are measured again and this is not two weeks.
        1. Justme 16 March 2020 14: 38 New
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          Chic question.
          Here in our private company - if there is any similar problem - they single out a person (in a number of areas, for example, "black magic" - me). Well, you go and informally explore everything.
          If necessary, then "armed to the teeth." If you do not like someone at the same time, you can, in principle, be fired (until now there has been enough threat). It is necessary to collect a consultation - you are collecting a consultation (or others may call) .. But how they try to ensure quality at NIIFI is mystery for me.
          1. Ua3qhp 16 March 2020 15: 49 New
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            thanks for the info
  11. itarnmag 16 March 2020 10: 52 New
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    It doesn’t fit in my head
  12. Lord of the Sith 16 March 2020 12: 16 New
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    Thank God that they discovered on time. And God forbid an accident, but Proton has very toxic fuel and oxidizer.
  13. Ros 56 16 March 2020 12: 18 New
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    And when will the breeders be put on the wall?
  14. Nelepost 16 March 2020 12: 49 New
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    The essence is not disclosed in the article. What was the marriage of the bolts, the fact that they did not have a quality certificate, or the bolts of the wrong brand as per the project, I mean that maybe the paper simply wasn’t needed for "conformity" and they are suitable for quality. It was somehow here that due to certificates, acceptance, testing, etc. (which resulted in a huge sum for the manufacturer) they couldn’t deliver modern equipment, and as a result they supplied equipment created back in the 70s, several times heavier than IPO, the efficiency is much less, but it passed military acceptance in those days.
    1. Ua3qhp 16 March 2020 15: 52 New
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      It is unlikely that the assembled product and delivered to the customer could visually determine the discrepancy in the quality of the bolts. Most likely there were no corresponding supporting papers.
  15. ultra 16 March 2020 13: 42 New
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    Quote: slipped
    A lot of.

    Then I’ll tell you myself, as many as 13 apparatuses, including international ones, 3 of which ended in failure. That is, Russia launched spacecraft of scientific designation once in TWO years. And is that a lot? wassat
  16. ultra 16 March 2020 13: 44 New
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    Where to the right, if it is before the year 2025?

    Well, she’s now until she’s 25, then it will flow over, what happens to us with frightening constancy, until she’s 30. laughing
  17. pexotinec 16 March 2020 15: 18 New
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    This is what quality control failure means. Vendors must be punished severely, especially their management
  18. slipped 16 March 2020 15: 24 New
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    Quote: ultra
    Quote: slipped
    A lot of.

    Then I’ll tell you myself, as many as 13 apparatuses, including international ones, 3 of which ended in failure. That is, Russia launched spacecraft of scientific designation once in TWO years. And is that a lot? wassat


    Oh, and let's count all the spacecraft for fundamental scientific research launched by Russia, both domestic and foreign, not counting communication satellites, remote sensing and hydrometeorology, etc.:

    01. October 8, 1993 - Photon-8 - successfully
    02. March 2, 1994 - Coronas-I - successfully
    03. June 14, 1994 - Photon-9 - successfully
    04. February 16, 1995 - Photon-10 - successfully
    March 05, 28 - Unamsat A - successfully
    06. May 20, 1995 - the Spectrum module - successfully
    07. August 2, 1995 - Interball-1 - successfully
    08. August 29, 1996 - Interball-2 - successfully
    09. November 16, 1996 - Mars-96 - accident of the Republic of Belarus
    10. December 24, 1996 - Bion-11 - successfully
    11. October 16, 1997 - Photon-11 - successfully
    12. September 9, 1999 - Photon-12 - successfully
    13. July 16, 2000 - Samba, Salsa - successfully
    14.August 9, 2000 - Rumba, Tango - successfully
    15. February 20, 2001 - Odin - successfully
    16. July 31, 2001 - Coronas-F - successfully
    March 17, 14 - Grace 2002, Grace 1 - successfully
    18. October 15, 2002 - Photon-M1 - launch vehicle accident
    19.October 17, 2002 - Integral - successfully
    20. June 2, 2003 - Mars-Express - successfully
    21. January 20, 2005 - Universitetskiy - Tatyana - successfully
    22.October 8, 2005 - CryoSat - successfully
    23.November 9, 2005 - Venus-Express - successfully
    24. May 31, 2005 - Photon-M2 - successfully
    25 December 27, 2006 - Corot - successfully
    26. September 14, 2007 - Photon-M3 - successfully
    27. January 30, 2009 - Coronas-Photon - successfully
    March 28, 17 - Goce - Successfully
    29. November 10, 2009 - Search module - successfully
    30. July 18, 2011 - Spektr-R - successfully
    31. November 8, 2011 - Phobos-Grunt - accident of the spacecraft RB
    32. April 19, 2013 - Bion-M1 - successfully
    33 December 19, 2013 - Gaia - successfully
    34. July 19, 2014 - Photon-M4 - successfully
    35. March 14, 2015 - ExoMars-2016 - successfully
    36. April 28, 2016 - Lomonosov - successfully
    37.July 13, 2019 - Spektr-RG - successfully
    38. December 18, 2019 - Cheops - successfully

    Those. about 40 spacecraft were launched, not counting any small-sized satellites, experimental military spacecraft, and scientific containers mounted on remote sensing satellites. In addition, our scientific instruments were installed on foreign AMS not launched by us.
  19. slipped 16 March 2020 15: 30 New
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    Quote: slipped
    Where to the right, if it is before the year 2025?

    Well, she’s now until she’s 25, then it will flow over, what happens to us with frightening constancy, until she’s 30. laughing


    What will flow over there? lol There are plans for the next FKP, but there are other spacecraft.
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    Quote: knn54
    At the “due time”, bailers were equated with saboteurs, during WWII saboteurs. VERY helped. I’ll tell a real story.
    A non-working device comes from Baikonur. A PZ (representative of the Customer), that is, a military representative, was called to the stand. The essence of the "malfunction" in the following was that the contacts on the connectors were almost black.
    The installer washed it with alcohol and it worked. They say that there were no showdowns at the spaceport — Gorbachev’s times, however.
    By plane send the device from Kazakhstan to Ukraine and back to spend several minutes on cleaning. Impressive, is not it.

    If these connectors were silver-plated contacts, blackening is a normal and explainable phenomenon. The coating blackens due to sulfur contaminants in the air. Such a coating is the most crappy.