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News Archive / Tagged: Roscosmos

  • EKS marks the spot: Russia set to launch 2nd of 6 early-warning satellites

    Curt GodwinMay 23rd, 2017

    Russia looks to enhance its missile detection system with the launch of the second in a series of six early-warning satellites. The EKS-2 satellite, alternately classed as a member of the 'Tundra' family of launch detection spacecraft, is designed to replace Russia's aging early-warning infrastructure and is targeting a launch at 2:33 a.m. EDT (0633 GMT) on May 25, 2017, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

  • Veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, 3 others resigning

    Derek RichardsonApril 27th, 2017

    At least four Russian cosmonauts, including veteran space flyer Gennady Padalka, are set to leave the Russian cosmonaut corps either by free will or because of health reasons, according to a report from the Russian government news agency Tass.

  • Soyuz MS-04 arrival increases ISS crew size to 5

    Derek RichardsonApril 20th, 2017

    The population of the International Space Station has increased to five people with the docking and hatch opening of the Soyuz MS-04 with two new Expedition 51 crew members.

  • Soyuz MS-04 sends two-man crew on fast-track to ISS

    Curt GodwinApril 20th, 2017

    The two newest International Space Station (ISS) inhabitants are on their way to the orbiting outpost. Soyuz MS-04 lifted off at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) April 20, 2017, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • New ISS crew set to lift off on Soyuz-FG from Baikonur on first crewed launch of 2017

    Curt GodwinApril 17th, 2017

    Final preparations are underway for the launch of Expedition 51/52 crew members, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, to the International Space Station. Liftoff will take place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. EDT (07:13 GMT) on April 20, 2017, and will be the first crewed Soyuz launch of 2017.

  • Problems continue to plague Russian space program

    Lloyd CampbellApril 13th, 2017

    Russia’s space program has encountered numerous problems in recent years that has put its reliability into doubt. While space is risky for everyone, Russia’s space program had been robust for many years until things started to decline during the past decade.

  • Soyuz MS-02 trio returns to Earth

    Derek RichardsonApril 10th, 2017

    Three International Space Station (ISS) crew members returned to Earth in their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft on April 10, 2017, after nearly six months aboard the outpost.

  • Progress MS-05 cargo freighter pulls into port at ISS

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 24th, 2017

    On Feb. 24, 2017, the uncrewed Russian Progress MS-05 resupply spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS). The automated link-up with the Pirs docking compartment took place at 3:30 a.m. EST (08:30 GMT) while flying over the south Pacific Ocean.

  • Soyuz-U completes swan song with launch of Progress MS-05

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2017

    Lifting off under clear, blue skies at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz-U rocket completed its final launch by sending the Russian Progress MS-05 cargo spacecraft toward the International Space Station (ISS).

  • After multiple delays, Progress MS-05 set for launch

    Curt GodwinFebruary 20th, 2017

    Russia's state-run corporation for space activities, Roscosmos, is in the final stages of preparing to launch the Progress MS-05 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Russian Progress MS-03 departs International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 31st, 2017

    With the undocking of a Russian Progress cargo ship from the International Space Station (ISS), only two spacecraft remain at the outpost – a rarity in an era of high visiting vehicle traffic.

  • Progress MS-04 failure investigation prompts 3rd stage engine swaps

    Lloyd CampbellJanuary 22nd, 2017

    A Russian task force has determined the Dec. 1, 2016, Progress MS-04 failure was due to a fire in the oxidizer pump in the Soyuz carrier rocket's third stage engine, the RD-0110. This caused the pump to fail and break apart. As a result the third stage engines on the next two Soyuz rockets are being replaced.

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months that it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however, looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • ESA commits to ISS participation through 2024

    Derek RichardsonDecember 4th, 2016

    At a two-day meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland, the European Space Agency’s 22 member states approved a commitment to extend European participation in the International Space Station (ISS) program to 2024. ESA is the final partner agency to do so.

  • Russia to develop new super heavy-lift rocket for lunar missions

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 3rd, 2016

    Russia intends to expand its rocket fleet by developing a super heavy-lift booster that could one day become the country’s workhorse launcher for future lunar missions. Implementation of this new project was announced on Nov. 28 by the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.