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  • Soyuz rocket sends 73 satellites into 3 different orbits

    Derek RichardsonJuly 14th, 2017

    Launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome on a sunny July day was a Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying Kanopus-V-IK and 72 other small satellites. Liftoff took place at 12:36 p.m. Kazakh time (2:36 a.m. EDT / 06:36 GMT) on July 14, 2017.

  • Multiple fatalities prompt Roscosmos to step up safety measures

    Curt GodwinJuly 11th, 2017

    The death of two workers following the June 14, 2017, launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress MS-06 resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station has prompted Roscosmos officials to step up safety efforts.

  • Progress MS-06 freighter on its way to space station

    Derek RichardsonJune 14th, 2017

    Taking to overcast skies at 5:20 a.m. EDT (09:20 GMT) June 14, 2017, from Site 31 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a modernized Soyuz 2.1a rocket powered toward orbit. Three stages and nine minutes later, the Progress MS-06 freighter was deployed into its proper orbit to begin a two-day, 34-orbit journey to the International Space Station.

  • Russia postpones two rocket launches

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 8th, 2016

    Russia’s Roscosmos State Corporation announced Sept. 1 the decision to postpone its two rocket launches slated for October this year. According to the corporation’s press service, the liftoff of the Proton-M rocket with the EchoStar 21 satellite was rescheduled from Oct. 10 to Nov. 23, while the launch of Soyuz-2.1a booster carrying the Kanopus-V-IK spacecraft was postponed from October to Dec. 22.

  • 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.

  • Progress MS cargo craft heads to Space Station after successful liftoff

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 31st, 2016

    The second mission in the Progress MS series, designated MS-2, is currently on its two-day trek to the International Space Station (ISS) after it was successfully launched atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Russian Progress MS spacecraft set to deliver cargo to space station

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 30th, 2016

    The second mission of the Russian Progress MS cargo ship design, designated MS-2, is ready to start its two-day journey to the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft is set to be launched atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket at 12:23 p.m. EDT (16:23 GMT) on March 31 from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • Progress MS-1 cargo ship launches on two-day trek to ISS

    Derek RichardsonDecember 21st, 2015

    The first of a new generation of Russian Progress cargo resupply spacecraft was launched on a two-day trek to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, Dec. 21. It is hoped this new vehicle will help renew confidence in the family of craft after an embarrassing failure.

  • 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 puts Kobalt-M military satellite into orbit

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 5th, 2015

    Russian Aerospace Defense Forces successfully launched the Kobalt-M photographic reconnaissance satellite on Friday at 6:24 p.m. Moscow time (11:24 a.m. EST; 15:24 GMT) from the site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. It was the first Soyuz-2.1a rocket launch since the failure of the Progress-M27M mission on April 28.

  • Roscosmos determines cause of Progress M-27M cargo craft failure

    Tomasz NowakowskiJune 4th, 2015

    Roscosmos revealed on Monday, June 1, the results of the state commission’s investigation into the April 28, 2015, accident involving a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket and its payload of the Progress M-27M spacecraft. The Russian Federal Space Agency stated that the failure lies in a unique issue stemming from the joint use of the cargo craft and the […]

  • Soyuz 2-1A successfully launches Foton M4 into orbit

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 18th, 2014

    A Russian Soyuz 2-1A rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrone at the very opening of a launch window at 4:50 p.m. EDT (2050 GMT) with the fourth Foton M spacecraft. The Foton M-4 carried aloft an array of biological and other experiments. It will now remain on orbit for several weeks before returning to […]