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MOSCOW, August 8 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Space Agency and the Defence Ministry should report the government in mid-September that they rectified the defects, which were revealed during the recent Proton-M rocket crash, Vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin told Rossiya 24 TV Channel.
“We expect Roscosmos and the Defence Ministry to report in mid-September that all defects are rectified and that the Proton-M rocket launches can be resumed,” Rogozin said.
Speaking about prospects for the GLONASS group, the vice-premier said, “As a whole we’re going to renovate the group in the beginning of next year.”
On July 2, the Proton-M rocket with the three Glonass-M satellites launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. However, the rocket changed its flight direction, started to fall and exploded.
According to Roscosmos, the rocket crashed due to the wrong installation of angular rate sensors, which helped monitor the rocket’s attitude in space. Earlier, Roscosmos deputy head Alexander Lopatin said, “The Khrunichev Centre installed three sensors out of the six ones.” “The sensors can be installed wrong by using physical force while sensors themselves were in good order,” he added.
Criminal proceedings have been instituted.
On July 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin set up a special commission to reform the aerospace sector. The commission is led by Vice-premier Dmitry Rogozin.
On August 2, the government press service reported that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev issued a reprimand to Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin for the improper execution of duties.