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SAMARA, January 13. /ITAR-TASS/. In 2014, the Samara-based Progress State Research and Production Rocket Space Centre (TsSKB-Progress) plans to carry out 40 percent more launches of carrier rockets than in 2013, the press service of TsSKB-Progress told reporters on Monday with reference to the company’s director general Aleksander Kirilin.
According to him, this year the Samara rocket space centre plans to carry out 22 launches. In 2013, the TsSKB-Progress Centre ensured 16 launches: 11 - from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, three - from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Russia’s northern Arkhangelsk Oblast and two - from the Guiana Space Centre (South America). All the launches were successful, the payloads were places in the desired orbits.
There was also a special “Olympic” launch of the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Soyuz TMA-11M manned spacecraft - the Samara rocket was decorated with the (Sochi 2014) Olympic symbols. In addition, in 2013, experts of the enterprise carried out five launches of spacecraft of TsSKB-Progress own design and manufacture: the Resurs-P Earth remote sensing satellite, the Bion-M medico-biological spacecraft, a special purpose satellite and two Aist small satellites.
The Resurs-P satellite is currently in the regular operation mode - it has already taken pictures of some 6.6 million square kilometres of the Earth, which testifies to the fact that such data are high in demand. According to Kirilin, the enterprise is intensively developing the second and third Resurs-P satellites for the formation of an orbital constellation comprising three spacecraft. The launch of the second Resurs-P satellite is planned for 2014, and in 2015 it is planned to launch the third.