State commission schedules Rokot launch from Plesetsk for Jan 15

The launch of a Rokot rocket with a defense satellite aboard from the Plesetsk Space Center will be the premiere of Russia's space year 2013, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN.

"The state commission has scheduled the launch of a Rokot rocket, which was initially planned for December 2012 but postponed by a Briz-KM upper stage defect, for Jan. 15," he said.

Plesetsk was due to launch a Soyuz-2 rocket with a Fregat upper stage and a Glonass-K navigation satellite and a Rokot rocket with a Briz-KM upper stage and a defense satellite last December. Defects in upper stages delayed both launches.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said earlier that Plesetsk personnel had demanded that both December launches be postponed because of problems with the upper stages.

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