Roscosmos Reaches Milestone in Soyuz Launch Complex Construction

Soyuz launch complex at Vostochny. (Credit: Roscosmos)
Soyuz launch complex at Vostochny. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The experts of Roscosmos’s contractor organizations have finished the assembly of Soyuz-2 carrier rocket launch system at Vostochny cosmodrome one month ahead of the schedule and performed the first commissioning.

In particular, they have checked the operability of the electrohydraulic equipment and metal constructions, the sensors and the terminal switches have been set up. The supporting service towers of the top chord, holding the carrier rocket before the launch, have been brought together and folded back for the first time.

The object’s commissioning was performed by the launch system developer, FSUE TsENKI division NIISK, electric equipment developer FSUE TsENKI division TsENKI North-West, hydraulic equipment developer Sigal research institute (Kovrov city), TsENKI-North, representatives of the Tyazhmash launch system manufacturer, ST-1 assembly organization, and FSUE TsENKI division NIISK operation department. The tests were carried out successfully and without irregularities.

The assembly of Soyuz-2 carrier rocket launch system was to be completed in July, but the well-organized work of Roscosmos experts, the assembly has been completed one month earlier. At the moment, the system is ready for autonomous tests. They will start after the regular power supply is provided. At the same time, the service cabin commissioning is being done.

The launch system is aimed at setting up the carrier rocket, holding it while standing, preparing for launch and launching, as well as placing and connecting the necessary supply circuits to the rocket.

At the moment, 100% of the launch and technical complex equipment is manufactured. 96% of the launch complex equipment and 100% of the technical complex equipment are delivered to the cosmodrome. The equipment assembly will start immediately after the necessary rooms are prepared.

The construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome in Amur region is being implemented upon the Russian President’s Decree of November 6, 2007, and the Russian Government’s Decree of January 14, 2009.