Rogozin said that Russia “should finish shooting” all the Proton missiles it has. They will be operated at least until 2026, they said in Space Communications. According to the Khrunichev Center, 13 Protonov-Ms remain to be launched
Russia intends to launch all of its Proton missiles and will exploit them until “they run out.” About this “RIA Novosti” said the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin.
"We are not going to donate anything to the museum, to the warehouse" How the issue will be resolved after 2024 is a matter of negotiation, but we believe that we should finish shooting everything,— he said.
According to the head of Roskosmos, the Khrunichev Center has a reserve for rockets, this applies to control systems or engines. In addition, he added, launch customers are accustomed to Protons. and devices adapted to them.
«Proton»— a heavy class launch vehicle designed to launch spacecraft into Earth orbit and further into outer space. «Proton-M»— the main modification of the booster.
In 2018, Roscosmos decided to stop the production of “Proton” after completing all contracts and use the Angara launch vehicle. The state corporation reported that the serial production of the Angara at the software “Flight” should start in 2023, and called it a priority. “Angara” more environmentally friendly: rocket engines “Proton-M” use toxic fuel based on heptyl, ay «Angara» kerosene-based fuel.
On May 4, the general director of the Khrunichev Center, Alexei Varochko, said in an interview with TASS that the production of Protons planned to be completed in 2022 or 2023. According to him, only 13 Proton-M launch vehicles remain to be launched.
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In June, the CEO of the state Alexei Volin told reporters that the “Protons” will launch satellites until at least 2026 inclusive, and, despite the imminent decommissioning of missiles, so far plans to use the Angara no. In particular, to launch the developed satellite “Express-AMU4” the use of “Proton” is planned; with the Breeze upper stage, Volin noted.
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