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News Archive / Tagged: Soyuz

  • 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.

  • Nick Hague set to become first member of 2013 astronaut class to fly

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2018

    One of the 2013 class of astronauts is preparing himself for his flight into space. When Nick Hague takes to the skies in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft later this year, he will become the first of his class to fly.

  • Space station trio returns to Earth after record-setting mission

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 28th, 2018

    Three members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 54 crew returned to Earth on Feb. 27, 2018. Riding in their Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft, the trio blazed through the atmosphere and landed on the snow-covered Kazakh Steppe in Kazakhstan.

  • U.S. astronauts may continue to launch aboard Soyuz into 2020

    Curt GodwinJune 23rd, 2017

    According to a report from the Russian news agency TASS, not only will U.S. astronauts launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in a Soyuz spacecraft through 2019, but also there is a strong possibility that Boeing will engage their Russian counterpart to continue the service through 2020.

  • Problems continue to plague Russian space program

    Lloyd CampbellApril 13th, 2017

    Russia’s space program has encountered numerous problems in recent years that has put its reliability into doubt. While space is risky for everyone, Russia’s space program had been robust for many years until things started to decline during the past decade.

  • Reaching for the stars: An interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 20th, 2017

    In an interview with SpaceFlight Insider affiliate Astrowatch.net, veteran NASA astronaut Mike Fossum talked about his career as an astronaut, recollecting unforgettable and thrilling moments in space.

  • NASA mulls purchasing Soyuz seats—from Boeing?

    Derek RichardsonJanuary 20th, 2017

    Despite the Commercial Crew Program being years behind schedule, NASA has said for the last number of months that it has no plans to purchase additional Soyuz seats from Russia past the end of 2018. While that may technically hold true, the U.S. space agency is, however, looking to buy Soyuz seats acquired by Boeing.

  • Cosmonaut Igor Volk dead at 79

    Jason RhianJanuary 4th, 2017

    Former Soviet cosmonaut Igor Volk passed away while on vacation in Bulgaria on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 – he was 79. Volk was a test pilot for the Mikoyan Aircraft Design Bureau. His accomplishments covered an array of vehicles and environments – including a mission to orbit.

  • 2017 ISS crew assignments updated

    Derek RichardsonNovember 16th, 2016

    Earlier this year, Roscosmos announced it would be reducing its crew on each International Space Station (ISS) expedition from three to two. This means only five people will participate in each expedition as opposed to the normal six. As such, NASA has updated the 2017 crew assignments for the outpost.

  • NASA not planning to buy more Soyuz seats

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2016

    NASA has no plans to sign another agreement with the Roscosmos State Corporation to continue astronaut transportation services to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The last half-billion dollar deal for six Soyuz seats, which was signed last year, ends with the Soyuz MS-11 mission scheduled for launch in November 2018 and landing in early 2019.

  • Soyuz TMA-17M and crew return home after five months on ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 11th, 2015

    Three members of the Expedition 45 crew departed the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft on Dec. 11, landing a few hours later on the steppes of Kazakhstan in sub-zero, post sunset conditions. This was the first night landing of a Soyuz since TMA-05M in November 2012.

  • ISS crew gear up for visiting vehicle traffic

    Derek RichardsonNovember 29th, 2015

    After a few weeks of there being no visiting spacecraft traffic, allowing more time to be spent on science, the Expedition 45 crew of the International Space Station are gearing up for a period of comings and goings on board the orbiting laboratory. This more active period should kickoff with the arrival of Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft in early December.

  • Alba and Oriana go to orbit: Arianespace ready to launch Europe’s next pair of Galileo satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 8th, 2015

    Arianespace is gearing up to launch the European Galileo 9 and 10 satellites, named Alba and Oriana, on the company’s eighth mission this year, designated Flight VS12. The lift-off will occur at 10:08 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 10 (02:08 GMT on Sept. 11) from the Soyuz Launch Complex (ELS) in Sinnamary, French Guiana.

  • Space Station crew reparks Soyuz spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 29th, 2015

    On Aug. 28, the ISS crew moved a Soyuz vessel docked with the station to make room for an incoming spacecraft set to arrive next week. Three Expedition 44 crew members undocked their Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Poisk module and moved it to the Zvezda service module.

  • Biggest commercial rocket deal in history signed by OneWeb, Arianespace and Virgin Galactic

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 7th, 2015

    OneWeb, a UK company building a new global satellite-based internet network could become the driving force of future big commercial rocket launches that would boost space industry growth in many countries. Last week’s deal signed by OneWeb and aerospace giants Arianespace and Virgin Galactic stand to be one of the largest commercial launch contracts in history.