[FPSPACE] Dnepr Launcher Fuelled

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Sun, 20 Aug 2000 13:30:03 EDT


CONVERTED DNEPR MISSILE FILLED WITH FUEL AT   BAYKONUR
MOSCOW ITAR-TASS IN ENGLISH 1550 GMT 17 AUG 00
   [BY ANATOLIY YURKIN]
MOSCOW, AUGUST 17 (ITAR-TASS) - A CONVERTED DNEPR MISSILE WAS FILLED WITH 
FUEL COMPONENTS AT THE BAIKONUR COSMODROME ON THURSDAY, ITAR-TASS LEARNT 
TODAY AT THE PRESS SERVICE OF THE STRATEGIC MISSILE TROOPS (RVSN).
    ACCORDING TO THE PRESS SERVICE, DOCKING OF SATELLITES WITH THE
ROCKET WILL BE THE NEXT STAGE OF ITS PREPARATION FOR A BLASTOFF.  
THE LAUNCHING IS SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 25 (AUGUST 26 IS A RESERVE DAY).
    THE CONVERTED DNEPR LAUNCH VEHICLE (MODERNISED INTERCONTINENTAL
BALLISTIC MISSILE RS-20 (SATAN), WILL BRING TO ORBITS FIVE FOREIGN 
SATELLITES.   THEY BELONG TO ITALY, SAUDIA ARABIA ND MALAYSIA.
    RVSN COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, GENERAL OF THE ARMY VLADIMIR YAKOVLEV,
COMMENTING ON THE COMING LIFTOFF, SAID THAT THE MISSILE WAS BROUGHT
TO BAIKONUR AFTER IT WAS TAKEN OFF ALERT ON WHICH IT HAD BEEN FOR
20 YEARS.
    ACCORDING TO THE GENERAL, ALL WORK UNDER THE DNEPR CONVERSION 
PROGRAMME PROCEEDS ACCORDING TO THE SET SCHEDULE.
[DESCRIPTION OF SOURCE: MOSCOW ITAR-TASS -- MAIN GOVERNMENT
INFORMATION AGENCY]