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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Despite setback, SpaceX still shaking up LSP market

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 24th, 2015

    The space industry is growing - and becoming more crowded with launch service providers ready to deliver payloads into orbit. Older launch systems are being replaced by newer vehicles, with increasing capabilities and power. The most important factor is that the one astronomical cost to send payloads to orbit - is diminishing. This has been made possible predominantly by a small handful of companies - with one among them helping to prompt dynamic change within the industry.

  • Russia reveals long-term plans for its Angara launch vehicle

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 2nd, 2015

    The Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has revealed its long-term plans for the Russian Angara launch vehicle. According to the company’s announcement, the rocket’s launch manifest includes 10 test launches in the next few years.

  • 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 […]

  • Russia gets its space legs back with flight of Soyuz-2.1a, crewed announcement

    Jason RhianJune 6th, 2015

    After a string of accidents, the Russian Federal Space Agency, more commonly known as Roscosmos, got back to the business of space flight this week by sending a Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle aloft. The payload for this mission was the Kobalt-M satellite which was launched at 6:24 p.m. Moscow time (11:24 a.m. EST; 15:24 GMT). The military mission […]

  • Russia’s new space program: Search for extraterrestrial life amid budget cuts

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 2nd, 2015

    The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, has stated its intent to search for extraterrestrial life despite losing 35 percent of its budget. According to a draft of the federal space program’s goals for 2016-2025 that was made public on Thursday, April 23, Russia plans to launch several spacecraft designed to find alien life. The project includes sending satellites and […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.