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News Archive / Tagged: Russia

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dmitry Rogozin appointed Roscosmos head

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 29th, 2018

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Dmitry Rogozin as general director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities effective May 24, 2018. An executive order that changes the leadership of Russia’s space agency was signed during a meeting at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • Proton-M launches Blagovest 12L satellite for Russian Aerospace Forces

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 18th, 2018

    The Russian military has expanded its fleet of communications satellites with the launch of the Blagovest 12L spacecraft on Wednesday, April 18.

  • Putin lays out priorities of Russia’s space program on Cosmonautics Day

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 15th, 2018

    Russian President Vladimir Putin made remarks regarding essential elements of his nation’s space program on Thursday, April 12, when the country celebrated Cosmonautics Day.

  • Belarus eyes launch of its second remote sensing satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 12th, 2018

    According to recent statement made by the country’s prime minister, Belarus is planning to launch its second remote sensing satellite. However, the officials have not yet revealed the exact launch date of the spacecraft.

  • Former Vostochny Cosmodrome construction boss sentenced to jail for mass fraud

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 1st, 2018

    Yury Khrizman, the former head of Dalspetsstroy, a major state contractor responsible for the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for mass corruption.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.