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News Archive / Tagged: Roscosmos

  • Chiefs of US, Russian space agencies weigh in on ISS leak

    Jason RhianSeptember 14th, 2018

    With concerns raised about sabotage, the heads of the U.S. and Russian space agencies recently discussed the potential causes of the air leak discovered late last month.

  • How was the exact location of the recent ISS air leak found?

    Jason RhianSeptember 11th, 2018

    An air leak at the International Space Station was discovered and repaired at the end of August 2018. However, given the size of the outpost, how did the crew figure out where the leak was originating from?

  • Pressure mounts on Commercial Crew as Russia plans to stop flying U.S. astronauts to ISS

    Jason RhianSeptember 5th, 2018

    Amidst worsening conditions between the United States and Russia, the contract that provides U.S. astronauts with transportation to and from the International Space Station - is a few months away from expiring. The close of this agreement coincides with the time that NASA and its commercial partners hope to conduct the first test flights of so-called "space taxis" to the orbiting lab.

  • Roscosmos boss: Soyuz pressure leak caused by ‘technological error’ – pledges to find who is responsible

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 3rd, 2018

    Last week’s depressurization event at the International Space Station may have been caused by human error, not a micrometeoroid impact, Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin told Russian media. The handling of the problem suggests a lack of proper oversight by the Russian space agency.

  • Construction of 2nd launch pad at Vostochny Cosmodrome underway

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 3rd, 2018

    Russian media outlets have reported that construction of a second launch pad at Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East is underway. The new pad, designated Site 1A and dedicated for Angara rocket launches, is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

  • Progress MS-08 departs International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonAugust 24th, 2018

    The Progress MS-08 spacecraft has left the International Space Station after just over six months attached to the orbiting outpost’s Zvezda service module. Rather than an immediate deorbit, however, the cargo freighter will continue circling Earth for a week.

  • Russian space industry suffers from another scandal

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 23rd, 2018

    On Aug. 19, 2018, the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) informed that three top executives of the state-run rocket manufacturer RKK Energia have been detained for fraud. This is yet another scandal in the Russian space industry in recent years.

  • Angara rocket family to replace Proton launchers NET 2024

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 17th, 2018

    Angara rockets could fully replace Russia’s long-serving Soviet-era Proton launch vehicles as early as 2024. This is according to an industry official, who made the remark at an aerospace conference in the city of Kazan.

  • Russian spacewalk runs into overtime during ‘Icarus’ experiment installation

    Derek RichardsonAugust 16th, 2018

    Two Russian cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station for more than 7.5 hours to deploy several small satellites and install an experiment designed to monitor animal migration.

  • Roscosmos boss urges haste in developing next-generation Federation spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 26th, 2018

    Head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin is urging haste in the development of Russia's next-generation crewed spacecraft known as “Federation." He expects all hands on deck to build the vehicle in the shortest possible time.

  • Russian Progress MS-09 spacecraft reaches International Space Station in record time

    Derek RichardsonJuly 10th, 2018

    Russia’s Progress MS-09 freighter launched atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked with the International Space Station in less than four hours—a mere 2.5 laps around Earth.

  • Progress MS-09 set for fast-track rendezvous with ISS

    Derek RichardsonJuly 7th, 2018

    Continuing a busy period for the International Space Station’s Expedition 56 crew, an automated Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is set to launch to the orbiting outpost. Liftoff is scheduled for 5:51 p.m. EDT (21:51 GMT) July 9, 2018, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • International Space Station population doubles with arrival of Soyuz MS-09

    Derek RichardsonJune 8th, 2018

    Expedition 56 has three new crew members with the arrival of Soyuz MS-09. The two spent the last two days catching up with the International Space Station before rendezvousing and docking with the 400-metric-ton complex at 9:01 a.m. EDT (13:01 GMT) June 8, 2018.

  • Soyuz MS-09 on its way to ISS after textbook launch

    Derek RichardsonJune 6th, 2018

    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan — Three space flyers are on their way to the International Space Station after launching to orbit inside their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft atop a Soyuz-FG rocket. Liftoff took place at 4:12 p.m. local time (7:12 a.m. EDT / 11:12 GMT) June 6, 2018.

  • Soyuz MS-09 rolled to Baikonur launch pad for Wednesday flight

    Derek RichardsonJune 5th, 2018

    BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan — A Russian Soyuz-FG rocket with the encapsulated Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft sits at Pad 1/5 and is set to launch three new crew members bound for the International Space Station to join Expedition 56.