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News Archive / Tagged: Roscosmos

  • Russia may select first crew for its Federation spacecraft next year

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 1st, 2017

    Russia may soon reveal the names of the cosmonauts assigned to the first space mission of the country’s next-generation spacecraft known as "Federation". According to the spacecraft’s manufacturer, RKK Energia, the crew could be selected as early as the first half of 2018.

  • Progress MS-07 freighter docks with International Space Station

    Derek RichardsonOctober 16th, 2017

    After spending two days catching up with the International Space Station, an automated Russian cargo freighter rendezvoused and docked with the outpost to supply the Expedition 53 crew with food and supplies.

  • Progress MS-07 launches toward the International Space Station

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 14th, 2017

    Russia's Progress MS-07 cargo craft launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) at 4:46 a.m. EDT (08:46 GMT) Oct. 14, 2017, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located in Kazakhstan. The cargo vessel was sent aloft atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket with liftoff taking place two days later than originally planned as the first attempt was scrubbed because of an undisclosed issue within the final minute of the countdown.

  • Launch of Soyuz 2.1a with Progress MS-07 scrubbed seconds before liftoff

    Derek RichardsonOctober 12th, 2017

    Less than a minute before it was to take to the skies to deliver the Progress MS-07 cargo freighter to the International Space Station, an unknown issue with the Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle prompted a rare scrub for the Russian space agency’s workhorse rocket. Liftoff was expected at 5:32 a.m. EDT (09:32 GMT) Oct. 12, 2017, from Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Roscosmos envisions Russian rockets launching international missions to Moon, Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 7th, 2017

    Russia has high expectations for its future super-heavy-lift launch vehicle. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov has recently laid out his hopes for the new rocket, underlining that he is longing to see interplanetary missions being launched by this heavy booster.

  • NASA, Roscosmos sign statement on lunar space station cooperation

    Curt GodwinSeptember 28th, 2017

    Continuing a tradition of cooperative partnership in space exploration, the respective space agencies of the United States and Russia signed a joint statement to develop a space station in lunar orbit. NASA and Roscosmos made the announcement on Sept. 27, 2017, at the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

  • International Space Station crew size returns to 6

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 13th, 2017

    The population of the International Space Station returned to six people as the crew of Soyuz MS-06 docked with and entered the outpost. The spacecraft hard-mated with its docking port at about 10:55 p.m. EDT Sept. 12 (02:55 GMT Sept. 13), 2017.

  • Next International Space Station crew launches atop Soyuz rocket

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 12th, 2017

    Launching atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, three people are heading toward the International Space Station. The trio will arrive at the $100 billion complex in just under six hours.

  • Russia sees Vostochny Cosmodrome as deep space exploration hub

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 12th, 2017

    Russia intends to launch deep space exploration spacecraft from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East. Latest statements made by Russian officials show that Roscosmos plans to push forward with construction of the required infrastructure for interplanetary missions.

  • Gallery: Soyuz MS-04 crew back on Earth

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 3rd, 2017

    Blazing through Earth's atmosphere and coming to a parachute assisted touchdown in Kazakhstan, three International Space Station crew members returned home in their Soyuz MS-04 capsule. The landing took place at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 (7:21 a.m. local time / 01:21 GMT Sept. 3), 2017.

  • Space station trio returns to Earth in Soyuz MS-04

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 3rd, 2017

    Three members of Expedition 52 returned to Earth inside their Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft. The landing took at 9:21 p.m. EDT Sept. 2 (7:21 a.m. Kazakh Time / 01:21 GMT Sept. 3), 2017, in Kazakhstan.

  • Spacewalk goes into overtime as cosmonauts deploy satellites, collect science

    Derek RichardsonAugust 18th, 2017

    The two cosmonauts on board the International Space Station donned spacesuits and stepped outside the outpost for the 43rd Russian segment-based extravehicular activity (EVA). The Aug. 17, 2017, spacewalk lasted more than an hour longer than planned for a total duration of 7 hours, 34 minutes.

  • Proton-M launches military satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 17th, 2017

    A military communications satellite, known as Blagovest 11L, has been successfully launched into space by a Proton-M / Briz-M heavy-lift rocket. The launch vehicle thundered off from Site 81/24 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at exactly 4:07 a.m. local time on Thursday, Aug. 17 (22:07 GMT / 6:07 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16).

  • Russian launch services operator eyes lunar mission in early 2020s

    Curt GodwinAugust 8th, 2017

    While several private companies are vying to claim their share of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) by landing a spacecraft on the Moon before 2017 ends, they aren't the only ones with a focus on Earth's natural satellite. Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Russia's Roscosmos, has announced their intention of launching small vehicles as co-manifested payloads on larger Moon-bound missions.

  • Soyuz MS-05 successfully launches three-man crew to the ISS

    Lloyd CampbellJuly 28th, 2017

    The Soyuz MS-05 crew is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) following a flawless launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff occurred at 11:41 a.m. EDT (9:41 p.m. local time / 15:41 GMT) on Friday, July 28, 2017, utilizing the Soyuz-FG rocket. This was the 134th flight of a crewed Soyuz vehicle.