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  • Putin delays inaugural Vostochny Cosmodrome launch

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 18th, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the Vostochny Cosmodrome on Wednesday, Oct. 14, to inspect construction work at the spaceport and chair a session on its development. He decided to postpone the date of Russia's first space launch from the Cosmodrome by four months, pushing the launch into early 2016.

  • Russia establishes State Corporation Roscosmos

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 18th, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a federal law establishing the State Corporation Roscosmos, the Kremlin press service reported on Monday, July 13: “The Federal Law aims to improve the management system in the space sector and maintain and develop the space and rocket industry’s scientific and production potential in the interests of strengthening Russia’s defense […]

  • Vostochny report part 3: Hunger games

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 3rd, 2015

    “We have worked four months without a paycheck! Save the workers! We want to work!” More than 500 people including fitters, welders, and crane operators claim they have not received any money for four months. That was two weeks ago, but earlier in April, 100 workers went on strike and 26 started a hunger strike. […]

  • Putin pledges $1.5 billion for completion of Vostochny Cosmodrome, OKs plans for creating super-heavy rockets

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 9th, 2014

    Fifty billion roubles ($1.5 billion) will be invested in the construction of the Vostochny space site in the Amur Region in 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin told an on-site conference devoted to the space port’s development prospects. “We are investing huge funds into its construction.

  • A second chance at a Maiden Launch for Angara

    Josh TallisJuly 8th, 2014

    Tensions flared, but the rocket didn’t. On June 27, Russia’s experimental Angara 1.2 rocket aborted its maiden launch just fifteen seconds before liftoff. Watching live from the Kremlin was Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has put his personal mark on the Angara program and was carefully following up on a review of the failed launch. […]

  • First launch of Russia’s new Angara rocket canceled – investigation underway

    David DarlingJuly 3rd, 2014

    Russia’s beleaguered space industry suffered another setback on Friday, June 27, with the last-minute abort of the inaugural launch of the Angara 1.2 rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. A second opportunity to launch the following day came and went with the vehicle still stood on the pad.

  • Opinion: Is the Ukraine being used as a wedge to kill SLS?

    Collin SkocikApril 6th, 2014

    The Space Launch System is not popular with everyone (yes, that’s an under statement). When President Obama canceled the Constellation Program, he didn’t want to retain any of it, not even the Orion capsule. After his first attempt at ending the program – the Space Launch System was created to salvage the nation’s manned space […]