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Created in Russia a rocket middle class “Soyuz-5” will be called in honor of the Irtysh river, told RIA Novosti two sources in the space industry.
“The possibility of renaming the carrier rocket “Soyuz-5″ in honor of the Irtysh river. Necessary documents for renaming of the prepared but not signed yet,” said one of the interlocutors. A second source confirmed this information.
According to the Agency, the initiative to call the new Russian missiles and boosters in honor of the rivers belongs to the General Director “Rosatom” Dmitry Rogozin.
The developer of the “Soyuz-5” — RSC Energia, the manufacturer of the RCC “Progress”. The first launch vehicle scheduled to be held in 2022 from the Baikonur cosmodrome. “Soyuz-5” which is a modernized version of the Soviet rocket “Zenit”, announced as a competitor to the Falcon 9 SpaceX American company. The cost of the launch of the new missile is estimated at $ 60 million. Earlier in the “Soyuz-5” planned start developing manned spacecraft “Federation”.
Environmental problems of the Irtysh river has repeatedly attracted the attention of journalists and experts. In 2006, the chair of the Department of ecology and biology of the Omsk state agrarian University (OGAU) Olga Bazhenova in conversation with the “Expert” called Irtysh “the most contaminated Siberian river” that has a class 4A (consistently dirty and very dirty). For comparison, water is the fifth and last class is extremely dirty.
In November, the American edition of the Diplomat published a story by Nicholas Muller, which took place 1,300 kilometers on the basin of the Irtysh and reported the lack of potable water in the Omsk region, outside the regional centre.
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