by Staff Writers
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 29, 2014
The Russian space agency believes it would be illogical to start the production of Ukrainian-made Zenit space launch rockets in Russia, the agency's head said Thursday.
"In regard to the Zenit, I can say that making the same carrier rocket here makes no sense. The situation in Ukraine isn't fully stabilized so far, but there is no reason to make a stake on the Zenit carrier rocket, but time will tell depending on the development of events," Oleg Ostapenko said.
"Today we are oriented around our national Russian carrier rockets," he said.
Zenit rockets are manufactured by the State Design Bureau Yuzhnoye in the Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk, but more than two thirds of the rockets' components are sourced in Russia.
The Zenit-SL carrier rocket is launched from the Sea Launch floating platform and from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. The most recent ground launch was in late 2011.
The last Sea Launch attempt on February 1, 2013 was unsuccessful. The rocket crashed into the Pacific Ocean following an emergency shutdown of its first-stage engine.
A Russian government commission that investigated the failure ruled that "the accident was caused by defective blocks manufactured in Ukraine" and "there was nothing wrong with the Russian-made equipment."
Source: RIA Novosti
Rocket Science News at Space-Travel.Com
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|