The third start with the «East» moved at the end of January 2018

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontovaya in fotoankaufe to launch from the cosmodrome East. Archival photoThe third start with the «East» moved at the end of January 2018© RIA Novosti / Sergey Mamontovaya the image Bank

The third launch from the Vostochny space rocket «Soyuz-2.1 a» with the satellites «Canopus» transferred from 22 December to end of January 2018 due to the elimination of the causes of the accident crashed into the Atlantic ocean of the upper stage «Fregat», told reporters the first Deputy General Director of state Corporation «Rosatom» Alexander Ivanov.

«Yes, December 22 with the «East» of the start will not need to check it out. However, the error in the algorithm that is admitted with the launch of a Soyuz with upper stage block «Frigate» with «Eastern» does not apply to «Baikonur», «Plesetsk» spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, as the azimuths, rotated 180 degrees, except when it starts with «East», simply does not exist. The error came only when you run out, and only in the derivation of satellites «Frigate» on a sun-synchronous orbit, in another place, she simply could not happen,» — said Ivanov.

He noted that although the correction of the software does not take much time to test, and different coordination between enterprises subcontractors and «Roscosmos» after the accident will take a long time, and has to be finalized for the launch enables it after January 25, 2018.

«Cure is quite simple: work on the software, its fixings, and new methods of checks and TsNIIMash, and at NPTS AP. It’s not metal, it’s not the engines, not soldering, and embossing. The original data gives NPO Lavochkin, and the software develops NPTS AP,» — said Ivanov.

In July Vice-Premier of Russia Dmitry Rogozin has announced the third launch from the East on 22 December 2017. Planned launch of «Soyuz-2.1 a» with the Russian satellites of Earth remote sensing and monitoring of disasters «Canopus-b» №3 and №4.

The second launch from the East over the emergency situation: November 28, 2017 rocket «Soyuz-2.1 b» brought the upper stage «Fregat» with the satellite remote sensing of the Earth «meteor-M» №2-1 and 18 small spacecraft into an intermediate orbit, however, the delivery of the spacecraft into the target orbit failed.

Later, Roskosmos confirmed the falling of the upper stage with the satellites into the ocean. The Board of Roskosmos calculations showed that the most likely location — Northern part of the Atlantic ocean at 42 degrees North, 38 degrees West longitude, with a scatter on the highway the fall of -120 +230 km, ±45 kilometers perpendicular to the track of the fall.

The Vostochny cosmodrome is being built near the city of Tsiolkovsky (formerly the village of Uglegorsk) in the Amur region in 2012. It will allow for independent access of Russia into space. Historic first launch of the carrier rocket «Soyuz-2.1 a» with the East with three satellites was held on 28 April 2016.

The third start with the «East» moved at the end of January 2018© Photo : East Roskomoboronprom