the Russian upper stage “Fregat”, located on the Kourou launch pad in French Guiana, revealed a leak of toxic fumes. We are talking about nitrogen tetroxide, said the Russian space Agency.
About the leak, the Russian space Agency announced on may 21 the French side, indicating that storage location “Frigate” was recorded periodic alarm detection systems oxidizer vapor. As reported by RIA “Novosti”, the management of NPO Lavochkin, the company “glavkosmos” and TsENKI solve the issue with sending Kuru Russian experts to assess the situation and provide necessary actions.
the arrival of the Russians at the Guiana space center is expected in early June. All work will be conducted in compliance with sanitary-epidemiological requirements to conditions of coronavirus, said the Roskosmos.
“Frigate” is stored in the room that meets all international safety standards, including ecological and poses no danger to personnel and the environment, he added.
we will Remind, earlier it was reported that the start of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-ST-A” with the satellite UAE Falcon Eye-2 was scheduled in early March, but was postponed for April due to problems with the “Frigate”. Booster had to be replaced by another. In mid-March Kourou spaceport was temporarily closed due to pandemic coronavirus. As a result, the specialists of NPO Lavochkin leaked fuel from the “Frigate” and in late April, returned home.
currently, after the opening of the cosmodrome the launch of Falcon Eye-2, according to RIA Novosti source in the rocket and space industry, is scheduled for October 1.
From October 2011 from Kourou done 23 launch of Russian rocket “Soyuz”. One of the launches in August 2014 ended the breeding of European Galileo navigation satellites into an unplanned orbit due to the accident of the booster “Frigate”.
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