KazCosmos told about closure of programme for launching Proton rockets
The programme lasts until 2026.
The programme for launching Proton rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome will last until 2026. It was said in the Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan KazCosmos, BNews.kz correspondent reports with a reference to RIA Novosti.
They in the Ministry said that after 2026 possibilities for launching Proton rockets did not consider.
Earlier, imminent closure of the programme for Proton rockets was reported. To finish to use one of the launch pads for these rockets at Baikonur is planned in 2023.
Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, being Vice Prime Minister of Defense, talked about the closure of the programme for Proton rockets. They should be switched with Angara eco-friendly launchers.
Taking the new position, he also mentioned that the production of Proton rockets would end in the near future, and that the Khrunichev Centre strated to construct Angara-A5 and Angara-A5M rockets.
In addition, Director General of the Energomash Corporation that produces engines for Proton rockets Igor Arbuzov said that the production of engines for these rockets would end by the end of 2018. According to him, the enterprises that produced engines for Proton rockets will be given orders of gas-turbine engines, power stations, as well as of pumps and pumping stations for the oil and gas sector.
In addition, Deputy Director General of the Khrunichev Centre for foreign economic activity Andrey Pankratov in May informed that the Centre planned to launch 24 Proton rockets of various modifications until 2025. And the provider of RIA Novosti in BAikonur informed that the volume of contratcs on launches of Proton-L rockets (light Proton rockets without the third stage) had reached almost one billion dollars.