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News Archive / Tagged: Russia

  • Russia launches covert payload on rare Soyuz variant

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    A rare Soyuz-2-1v rocket lifted off from Russia's Plesetsk Cosmodrome to deliver a covert payload to a highly inclined polar orbit. The rocket departed at 2:04 p.m. EDT (18:04 GMT) on June 23, 2017, from Plesetsk's Site 43, and was only the third flight of this uncommon launch vehicle.

  • Arianespace delivers all-electric SES-15 to GTO on Flight VS17

    Curt GodwinMay 18th, 2017

    French multinational launch provider Arianespace continues to successfully clear its mission backlog induced by the "social movement" in French Guiana earlier in 2017. The company's Europeanized Soyuz ST-A medium-class rocket took to the skies with the SES-15 communications satellite at 7:54 a.m. EDT (11:54 GMT) May 18, 2017, from the Guiana Space Center in South America.

  • 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.

  • NASA scientists will discuss Venus exploration with Russian colleagues

    Laurel KornfeldMarch 15th, 2017

    After releasing a joint report proposing a robotic mission to Venus, American and Russian scientists will meet this week to identifying shared scientific goals for the potential project.

  • 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).

  • Russia’s new cargo spacecraft to replace Progress MS after 2020

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 4th, 2016

    The recent failure of the Progress MS-04 mission is a reminder of how important is the development of a new cargo spacecraft for the future of Russia’s space program. The accident could hasten the works on a vehicle that could replace the current upgraded Progress spaceship.

  • 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.

  • Russia plans to land humans on the Moon in 2031

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 20th, 2016

    Russia’s rocket and space corporation RKK Energia recently laid out its plan for a manned exploration of the Moon, which includes a flight to lunar orbit in 2030 and landing of the first Russian cosmonaut on the surface a year later.

  • Pillar of light: Soyuz MS-03 crew en route to space station

    Derek RichardsonNovember 17th, 2016

    On a clear and cold Kazakh morning, three space flyers launched atop a Soyuz rocket in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft on a two-day flight bound for the International Space Station. The trio will spend about six months in space.

  • Roscosmos confirms 2021 test flight of Federation spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 27th, 2016

    The head of the Roscosmos State Corporation recently confirmed the first test flight of Russia’s next-generation spacecraft, Federation, will take place in 2021. The spacecraft’s maiden orbital mission will launch without a crew from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East.