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News Archive / Tagged: Kazakhstan

  • Zenit-2SB rocket launches Russian Elektro-L weather satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 12th, 2015

    A Russian-Ukrainian Zenit-2SB carrier rocket, also known as Zenit-3F or Zenit-3SLBF, successfully launched on Friday, Dec. 11, with the Elektro-L No. 2 weather satellite for Russia. Liftoff occurred at 8:45 a.m. EST (13:45 GMT) from the Site 45 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • ILS launches Proton-M rocket with Türksat-4B communications satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 16th, 2015

    International Launch Services (ILS) company successfully launched on Friday, Oct. 16, a Turkish communications satellite using a Russian Proton-M booster. Liftoff took place at 4:40 p.m. EDT (20:40 GMT) from the site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Türksat-4B satellite will be put into a geostationary orbit (GEO) 50° degrees East.

  • Proton-M rocket to launch Turkish communications satellite on Friday

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 15th, 2015

    A Russian Proton-M rocket is being readied for a Friday, Oct. 16 launch, when it will loft the Turkish Türksat-4B communications satellite into orbit. Liftoff is currently scheduled to take place at 4:40 p.m. EDT (20:40 GMT) from the site 200/39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Proton-M rocket successfully launches Ekspress-AM8 satellite

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2015

    A Russian Proton-M rocket has launched with the Russian Ekspress-AM8 commsat, placing it into a planned geostationary orbit after its multi-hour flight via its DM-03 Upper Stage. This is the second successful Proton-M launch since the May 16 accident that saw the loss of the Mexsat-1 satellite.

  • With launch of British communications satellite, Proton-M rocket set to return to flight

    Tomasz NowakowskiAugust 27th, 2015

    The Russian Proton-M rocket is well on track to return to regular flights after the May 16 accident when it failed to deliver the Mexican Mexsat-1 communications satellite. On Friday, Aug. 28, the International Launch Services (ILS) company will use the booster to send the British Inmarsat 5-F3 satellite into a supersynchronous transfer orbit.

  • Who will take Sarah Brightman’s place onboard Soyuz spacecraft?

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 31st, 2015

    After the resignation of British soprano singer Sarah Brightman from her spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS), the question is now who will take the vacant seat onboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft? It may be Brightman’s backup, Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu or Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov, recent reports say. However, given the recent […]

  • Next space station crew arrives in Baikonur, starts final training phase

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 17th, 2015

    The Expedition 43 crew to the International Space Station consisting of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka have arrived in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Saturday. Together with the backup crew, they were met by the members of the State Commission and Technical Management. Commanders of the crews […]

  • ‘Satan’ launches five Japanese satellites into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 7th, 2014

    A Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr RS-20B (SS-18 Satan) rocket successfully launched five Japanese satellites into orbit on Thursday, Nov. 6. The mission used a military missile conversion program and took place at 7:35 a.m. UTC from the Yasny Space Site in the Orenburg region of Russia. A representative for Kosmotras company, in charge of the program, said that the rocket […]

  • Soyuz 2-1B rocket sends Meteor-M 2 spacecraft to orbit

    Jason RhianJuly 8th, 2014

    A Russian Soyuz-2-1B rocket successfully sent the Meteor-M 2 weather satellite to orbit. Liftoff occurred at 11:58:28 a.m. EDT (1558:28 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, July 8. Today’s launch also included several secondary payloads including Scotland’s first satellite. In a strange twist, much like SpaceX’s June 21 launch attempt for the […]

  • Angara test launch scrubbed – update

    Jim SharkeyJune 27th, 2014

    The scheduled first test flight of Russia’s Angara launch vehicle was scrubbed on Friday at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia’s Archanlsk region. According to Russian officials the launch was automatically aborted due to “technical issues”. According to Aleksandr Golovko, commander of Russia’s aerospace defense troops, the launch has been rescheduled for Saturday, 3:15 pm Moscow […]

  • Soyuz TMA-13M successfully launches, sending crew on their way to ISS

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 28th, 2014

    At 3:57 p.m. (19:57 GMT), the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Soyuz-FG rocket, carrying three new crew members to the International Space Station (ISS). After a flawless launch, NASA astronaut Ried Wiseman, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev are right on track […]

  • Expedition 40 crew is set to launch

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 27th, 2014

    In a little over twenty-four hours, the Expedition 40 crew members currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS) will welcome three new crew mates. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, cosmonaut Maxin Suarev and European Space Agency astronaut (ESA) Alexander Gerst will launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-13M for a five and a half month mission. 

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: A rare view of Endeavour

    Heather SmithMay 25th, 2014

    Three years ago, on May 23, 2011, Paolo Nespoli took the first pictures of a shuttle docked to the International Space Station (ISS) from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Not only was this the first picture of  Endeavour docked to the ISS, it was also the first image of any shuttle docked to the station […]

  • Proton Breeze M rocket set to deliver another Express satellite

    Britt RawcliffeMay 15th, 2014

    Following a successful launch last month, the Russian Proton Breeze M rocket is set to thunder off of the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-200 this Friday, May 16. The launch is slated to take place at 3:42 a.m. ALMT. This particular Proton rocket will carry the Express-AM4R satellite into orbit for the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC).

  • Expedition 39 trio makes safe landing in Kazakhstan after six months in space

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 14th, 2014

    It was all smiles as NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Russian Cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin were carried from their Soyuz TMA-11 after a textbook landing in Kazakhstan at 9:58 p.m. EDT ( 7:58 a.m. local time on Wednesday). The Soyuz TMA-11M undocked from the Rassvet module at […]