Roscosmos Sets First Vostochny Launch for April 27

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

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The State Commission, having considered the results of comprehensive tests of the launch facility Baikonur East and preparations of the launch vehicle Soyuz 2.1a, decided on the appointment of the first launch for April 27, 2016 at 5:01 MSK.

Sttate corporation Roscosmos has begun pre-launch preparation of all Baikonur East systems, the launch vehicle (LV) and spacecraft. Moving the rocket to the launch pad is scheduled for April 23, 2016.

On March 21-25, a “dry run” with complex tests was carried out at the Vostochny cosmodrome launch complex. The impact of the IBO (mobile service tower) were carried out during the test, the test system assembly diagrams launch facility and rocket, electrical testing systems and rocket launch unit Volga. All systems worked nominally.

In addition, checks were carried out on the EMC board systems, launch vehicle and launch complex systems.

Launch complex fueling systems were tested with with simulated refueling of rocket propellants.

All tests were nominal.

Then the Soyuz-2 rocket was removed from the launch pad and delivered in the assembly and test complex of the carrier rocket (MIC RN) to prepare for the launch and assembly space payload rocket with spacecraft Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat 218.