The work on the Interheliozond mission was suspended at the draft design stage, but the preliminary launch date for the Sun remains unchanged and is scheduled for 2026 About this reports TASS with reference to the director of the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation. N. V. Pushkova (IZMIRAN) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Kuznetsov.
“The focus is mainly on those projects that are being prepared for launch, and on international cooperation. Other projects have been postponed, suspended, ”explained Kuznetsov. According to him, work on them will continue, but he did not rule out adjustments to the dates.
The launch of the Interheliozond is scheduled for 2026 from the Baikonur cosmodrome on a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage. His task is to study a star with close distances and the inner heliosphere, determine the mechanisms for heating the solar corona and accelerating the solar wind, observing the solar atmosphere and the corona in polar and equatorial regions.