Moscow, 8 September 2020. – Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos considers to use the Sea Launch space complex for Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 rocket missions, Russian news agency TASS reported.
“The Roscosmos leadership, along with experts of the launch industry and the S7 company assessed the scope of work that needs to be done to ensure that the Odyssey floating launch platform and the command ship are ready for launches of the prospective Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 rockets, currently in development by the Samara-based Progress Rocket and Space Center,” TASS quoted a Roscosmos Twitter post.
S7 Group, the holding company that integrates S7 Space Transport Systems, is the owner of the assets of the Sea Launch rocket and space compound since 2016, TASS said. “The sea compound comprises the Odyssey floating launch platform and the assembly and command vessel where rockets are assembled and control of pre-launch operations is exercised.”
The Sea Launch command ship and the floating platform were moved from California to Russia’s far east in spring 2020. The platform has not launched since its suspension in 2014; before, it carried out 36 launches, of which 32 were successful, the TASS report said.