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"Roscosmos" has set the date only in 2020 the launch of the rocket "proton"

Postponed from March due to a detected marriage of the rocket-carrier "proton-M" from Baikonur with the telecommunications satellite "Express-80" and "Express-103" planned for 30 July, reported RIA Novosti the representative of the press service of the Roscosmos.

This will be the only launch of "Proton" in 2020. Earlier this year was planned the launch of "Proton" with the Russian-European Mars ExoMars landing station, but it was postponed to 2022. In addition, for 2021 have moved the launch on Proton module "Nauka" for the International space station.

"Start of the carrier rocket "proton-M" spacecraft "Express" is scheduled for July 30," - said the representative of the press service of the Roscosmos.

In turn, the RIA Novosti source in the rocket and space industry said that the launch is planned in 0.27 GMT.

In March, the General Director of the Khrunichev Center Alex Morocco told RIA Novosti that the launch of "Express" postponed due to necessary replacement of defective components in the Proton, discovered at the Baikonur cosmodrome. According to the newspaper "Vedomosti", it was about the faulty bolts used for fastening pipelines second stage of the rocket.

In April, a source in the rocket and space industry told RIA Novosti that "proton" return to Moscow for repair. Later General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the marriage was admitted in 2015-2016 in the manufacture of individual components at the Ust-Katavsky car-building plant in Chelyabinsk region, and the launch of "Express bets" pending for July.

In may, another RIA Novosti source in the industry said that the launch is planned on July 30.

In June, the repaired rocket was returned to Baikonur.

The satellites of "Express-80" and "Express-103" manufactured by "Information satellite systems named after Reshetnev" in the interests of the enterprise "Space communication", will operate in geostationary orbit (a circular orbit 35 786 thousand kilometers) in the setups 80 degrees and 96.5 degrees East longitude respectively. They are designed to provide communication services and broadcasting in C-, Ku - and L-bands, in Russia and in the CIS countries.