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TASS: Science & Space – Roskosmos buys three Soyuz 2.1 rockets from Progress Rocket Space Center



MOSCOW, April 11th. / TASS /. The Samara-based Progress Rocket Space Center has signed a $ 58 million contract with Russian space agency Roskosmos to deliver three Soyuz 2.1a launchers, the State Treaty database said Tuesday.

The three missiles are used in missions to bring Progress MS spacecraft into orbit.

"The value of the State Treaty is 3.65 billion rubles [about $58 million at the current exchange rate]," – stated in the document.

A rocket costs 1.218 billion rubles. The manufacturer will receive 2.444 billion rubles this year and next year 1.210 billion rubles.

The agreement expires on November 25, 2019.

Soyuz 2.1a is a Russian-made Soyuz launch vehicle, which was founded on the basis of the first Soviet ICBM, R-7 (first washed in 1

957). It is a modification of the Soyuz-2 rocket, which was developed in the mid-1990s on the basis of the Soyuz-U rocket (in operation from 1973 to 2017). The first suborbital test flight of Soyuz 2.1a took place on 8 November 2004 from the Plesetsk launch site. The first launch took place on October 19, 2006 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

A total of 29 launches of Soyuz 2.1a were completed on February 17, 2018, including a failure (to the loss of the Progress M-27M spacecraft) and a partially successful launch to put the Meridian-2 satellite into orbit bring.

The rocket launched 11 times from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia, 15 times from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and twice from the Vostochny Space Center in Russia's Far East

. The last launch took place on 13 February 2018. From the Baikonur Cosmodrome starting rocket brought the space freighter Progress MS-08 in the near-earth orbit.

According to Russia's federal space program for 2016-2025, the missiles will be used for manned Soyuz-MS space missions currently launched on Soyuz FG launchers.


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