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  • 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 […]

  • Soyuz Epoch? Trampolines?: Review of recent Russian space accidents

    Jason RhianMay 21st, 2015

    “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” That’s the warning that has been handed down from the Bible since far in humanity’s past. Perhaps members of the Russian government, or at least those who speak for the efforts of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, should take these words into closer […]

  • MexSat-1, or Centenario, crashes in Siberia shortly after launch

    Joe LatrellMay 16th, 2015

    After 5 years of development and a few launch delays, Mexico will have to wait even longer for its new series of satellites. A failure in the third stage of the Proton-M rocket led to the spacecraft crashing into the outback of Siberia just minutes after liftoff. The satellite was to be the first in […]

  • Mexican Centenario satellite, or MexSat-1, readied for Saturday launch

    Joe LatrellMay 15th, 2015

    After five years’ worth of development and a few launch delays, Mexico is about to have the first in a new series of satellites launched into orbit. It will be a flight conducted by International Launch Services (ILS) on a Russian-built rocket.

  • Progress M-27M latest woe for Russian Space Program

    Jason RhianApril 29th, 2015

    When the Progress M-27M/59P cargo vessel launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome atop a Soyuz 2-1a booster on Tuesday, April 28, at 3:09 a.m. EDT (1:09 ALMT, 07:09 GMT), it appeared that it would be another routine flight of the venerable craft. However, anyone who follows spaceflight knows that missions into the void above our world are anything but […]

  • Russian Angara 5 heavy-lift rocket successfully launches on first test flight

    Josh TallisDecember 23rd, 2014

    On Dec. 23, Russia successfully launched the heavy-lift version of its long anticipated Angara 5 rocket. The launch was not broadcast live, but according to the Russian Federal Space Agency, the rocket left the pad on schedule at 8:57 local Moscow time (0557 GMT/ 12:57 EST). The Angara 5 is part of the Angara family […]

  • ILS Proton successfully launches Yamal-401 satellite

    Jason RhianDecember 16th, 2014

    A Proton booster successfully delivered its payload of the Yamal-401 satellite to orbit on Dec, 15 at 6:16 a.m. today local time (00:16 GMT and 7:16 p.m. EST on December 14). The launch took place through 7:16 p.m. EST (6:16 a.m. local time – 0016 GMT). The spacecraft was placed into a geosynchronous orbit atop a Proton […]

  • Is it or isn’t it? Confusion surrounds possibility Proton placed Ekspress AM-6 into wrong orbit

    Jason RhianOctober 22nd, 2014

    A report appearing on NASASpaceFlight (NSF) has indicated that while the initial phase of the launch of the Russian Ekspress AM-6 telecommunications satellite might have gone off as planned – the later stages of the mission were less than perfect. NSF’s Chris Bergin reported via Twitter that, although the spacecraft had been placed into the wrong orbit […]

  • Proton rocket can compete with Falcon 9, says Russian space corporation

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 14th, 2014

    Russia’s Proton rockets can compete with American SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicles in terms of commercial launch costs. So says United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC) Deputy Director-General Pavel Popov. Popov made his statements on Thursday, bringing to light the deepening competition between international launch service providers.

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • Russian Proton racks up another failure with loss of Express-AM4R

    Scott JohnsonMay 15th, 2014

    On Thursday afternoon, at 5:42 p.m. EDT, a Russian Proton rocket carrying the Express-AM4R telecommunications satellite launched as scheduled from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The first several minutes of the flight appeared nominal. However, at approximately nine minutes into the flight, during the firing of the rocket’s third stage, an unknown anomaly developed with […]

  • 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).

  • Proton Briz-M thunders aloft, successfully delivering Luch-5V and KazSat-3 to orbit

    Jason RhianApril 28th, 2014

    A Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage carrying the Luch-5V and KazSat-3 telecommunications satellites thundered into clear skies from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan at 12:25 a.m. EDT (04:25 GMT) on Monday, April 28. Delivered out to Launch Pad 81 four days prior on April 24, launch vehicle and cargo were made ready for launch […]

  • Proton-M rocket ready to launch Luch-5V and KazSat-3 satellites

    Jacques van OeneApril 27th, 2014

    Launch preparations continue at Launch Pad 81 at the Baikonour Cosmodrome for the planned Monday, April 28 launch of a Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. The Rocket will launch the Luch-5V and the KazSat-3 telecommunications satellites. The launch is scheduled to take place at 12:25 a.m. EDT (04:25 GMT).