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  • Launch of Progress MS-08 space station cargo freighter scrubbed

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 11th, 2018

    It was deja vu for the Russian state-run space corporation Roscosmos. Less than a minute before its planned launch to the International Space Station, the Progress MS-08 cargo mission was scrubbed. The issue appeared similar in nature to one that occurred in October 2017.

  • Soyuz-2.1a launches from Vostochny with 11 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 2nd, 2018

    Russia conducted its first orbital mission of 2018 on Thursday, February 1, by launching a Soyuz-2.1a rocket with 11 satellites into space. The mission got underway under mostly clear skies and carried payloads from Germany as well as the U.S.

  • Russia restores contact with AngoSat-1 satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 29th, 2017

    Russia has stated that it has restored contact with Angola’s first satellite, AngoSat-1, that was launched by a Zenit rocket on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. 

  • Progress MS-06 freighter undocks from ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 28th, 2017

    Closing out visiting vehicle comings-and-goings for 2017, the unpiloted Russian Progress MS-06 cargo spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station in preparation for an eventual deorbit into Earth’s atmosphere.

  • Zenit rocket launches AngoSat-1 but ground control loses contact

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 27th, 2017

    A Russian-Ukrainian Zenit rocket was launched on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, with the aim of delivering into orbit Angola’s first satellite, known as AngoSat-1. However, it appears that contact with the spacecraft was lost after its deployment into orbit.

  • 3-person Soyuz MS-07 docks with ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 19th, 2017

    The population of the International Space Station returned to six people when Soyuz MS-07 with three fresh crew members autonomously docked with the outpost's Rassvet module. Contact between the two vehicles occurred at 3:39 a.m. EST (08:39 GMT) Dec. 19, 2017.

  • Soyuz MS-05 trio lands in Kazakhstan after 138-day ISS stay

    Derek RichardsonDecember 14th, 2017

    Returning from the black of space to the cold of Kazakhstan, three International Space Station crew members have returned to Earth after 138 days and 17 hours in space. Soyuz MS-05 landed at 2:37 p.m. Kazakh time (3:37 a.m. EST / 08:37 GMT) Dec. 14, 2017.

  • New Russian lunar orbiter contracted to be built

    Lloyd CampbellDecember 6th, 2017

    The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) is proceeding with a new project to build a lunar orbiter which will be the first of numerous new lunar missions the agency is planning.

  • Soyuz 2.1b launches military satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 2nd, 2017

    The recent failure of a Soyuz 2.1b mission, which was unable to place a fleet of 19 satellites into their targeted orbits, has not stopped Russia from sending another such booster into space. This time, lifting off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 10:43 GMT (5:43 a.m. EST) on Saturday, December 2, 2017, a Soyuz 2.1b successfully orbited the Lotos-S1 (№ 803) military spacecraft for the Russian Defense Ministry.

  • Meteor-M 2-1, 18 secondary payloads lost after apparent Fregat-M failure

    Derek RichardsonNovember 29th, 2017

    A Soyuz 2.1b launched with 19 satellites, including the Earth-observation satellite Meteor-M 2-1, at 2:41 p.m. local time (12:41 a.m. EST / 05:41 GMT) Nov. 28, 2017, from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East. While the initial ascent appeared to go according to plan, communications with the Fregat-M upper stage and the payload was not established as planned.

  • 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.