Proton-M with Spektr-RG space observatory launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome

Baku, July 13, AZERTAC

The Proton-M launch vehicle, which, together with the DM-03 upper stage, will bring Spektr-RG space observatory into orbit, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, according to TASS. The Roscosmos website held a broadcast.

The engine of the Blok DM-03 upper stage, which is due to carry the Spektr-RG satellite to its deployment orbit, has started as it was planned, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on its Twitter page.

"The main engine of Blok DM-03 upper stage was first fired in a scheduled mode," the statement said.

Before the satellite separates from the booster, the main engine will start once more in one hour 37 minutes after liftoff.

The launch was initially planned for June 21, but on the day it was postponed to July 12. Deputy Director General for Space Complexes and Systems at Roscosmos Mikhail Khaylov explained this decision by problems that arose when checking a one-time chemical current source that make up the device.

A source in the rocket and space industry told TASS earlier that the launch of Spektr-RG space observatory on the Proton-M carrier rocket, which has been repeatedly postponed, will be held on July 13, the decision was made on Saturday morning by the State Commission.

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