First launch of Proton LV after crash planned for Sept 15

The next takeoff of the Proton heavy space rocket is scheduled for September 15. It will be the first one after the failed launch last July

The next takeoff of the Proton heavy space rocket is scheduled for September 15. It will be the first one after the failed launch last July.

"The Astra 2E satellite will be launched with a Proton space rocket on September 15," a Wednesday posting on the ILS company website says.

It says the ILS Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) concluded its review concurring with the conclusions of the Russian State Inter-Agency Commission on the root cause of the July 2, 2013 mission failure.

"The members of the FROB agreed with the findings of the Russian investigation," the post says.

A Proton-M LV carrying three Glonass-M satellites blasted off from the 81st launch pad in Baikonur on July 2.

Almost immediately after separating from the launch pad, the rocket sharply deviated from its flight trajectory, began falling apart, then crashed not far from the launch site and exploded.

The Proton-M was carrying some 600 tonnes of heptyl, amyl, and kerosene.

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