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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Russia sees Vostochny Cosmodrome as deep space exploration hub

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 12th, 2017

    Russia intends to launch deep space exploration spacecraft from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East. Latest statements made by Russian officials show that Roscosmos plans to push forward with construction of the required infrastructure for interplanetary missions.

  • 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.

  • Russia loses contact with nanosatellite launched from Vostochny

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 6th, 2016

    The tiny nanosatellite SamSat-218, which was launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on April 28, has failed to establish radio contact with mission control. According to Interfax news agency, although the spacecraft was placed into orbit as planned, it is sending only fragmentary signals to Earth.

  • Vostochny Cosmodrome debuts with the successful launch of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 27th, 2016

    Roscosmos has successfully conducted the first launch from Russia's newly built Vostochny Cosmodrome, located in the country’s Far East. A Soyuz-2.1a rocket, carrying a trio of Russian satellites, became the first vehicle to lift off from the just-opened spaceport.

  • Inaugural Vostochny launch delayed 24 hours

    Derek RichardsonApril 26th, 2016

    The planned first launch of a Soyuz rocket from Russia's newly built Vostochny Cosmodrome, located in the country's Far East, was postponed 24 hours, according to the Russian News Agency TASS. The reason behind the Soyuz-2.1a launch delay has not been made clear, however.

  • Russia’s Vostochny spaceport to debut with the launch of Soyuz-2.1a rocket

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 25th, 2016

    After being troubled by numerous setbacks and delays, Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome is finally ready and all set for its debut launch this week. The spaceport, located in the Amur Region in the Russian Far East, will inaugurate its operations with the flight of a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying a trio of satellites.

  • 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.

  • Russian Angara rocket to launch commercial missions

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 22nd, 2015

    International Launch Services (ILS ) has announced that it will offer the new Russian Angara 1.2 rocket for commercial launches starting as early as 2017. The launches will be conducted from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia and could mark a major change in terms of what type of boosters that the launch service provider uses to […]

  • 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. […]

  • Russian space efforts encounter array of setbacks in less than a week

    Jason RhianApril 24th, 2015

    The Russian Federal Space Agency, or “Roscosmos”, and the Russian military have been dealt an array of setbacks in the past few days. On Apr. 22, Global Post reported that a Russian military rocket crashed shortly after launch in the country’s northern Arkhangelsk region. Although no casualties or damage were reported, the loss of yet another Russian launch […]

  • Vostochny report part 2: Into the darkness

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 24th, 2015

    Pay the debts or go into the darkness, that is what the operators of the Vostochny Cosmodrone were told recently, relating to energy bills – and crippling debt. Cutting the power supplies is a serious setback for the project, and it could even be recognized as an act of sabotage when an investment of national […]

  • Vostochny report part 1: all the right people

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 9th, 2015

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tours the progress at Vostochny cosmodrome construction site every month. On Feb. 27, he went to inspect the facilities, and then held a working meeting with representatives of the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and Federal Agency for Special Construction Spetsstroy.

  • Roscosmos boss talks new super-heavy booster rocket, Vostochny Cosmodrome, cooperation with U.S.

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 27th, 2014

    Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) will not decide on a leading designer of a new super-heavy booster rocket until the end of this year, Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko said on Friday, September 26. A competition for the powerful launch vehicle has not been held yet, he said.