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News Archive / Tagged: Ukraine

  • New owner of Sea Launch eyes at least 10 missions in five years

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 10th, 2016

    S7 Group, the new owner of the Sea Launch complex, has revealed its flight plans for the upcoming years. According to Sergei Sopov, CEO of S7 Space Transport Systems, the Sea Launch platform could carry out from 10 to 12 launches in the first five years after the resumption of its work.

  • 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.

  • First launch of Russia’s new Angara rocket canceled – investigation underway

    David DarlingJuly 3rd, 2014

    Russia’s beleaguered space industry suffered another setback on Friday, June 27, with the last-minute abort of the inaugural launch of the Angara 1.2 rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. A second opportunity to launch the following day came and went with the vehicle still stood on the pad.

  • 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 […]

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne could gain from cooling of US-Russia relations

    David DarlingJune 17th, 2014

    American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne, with venerable roots in the U.S. space industry, may benefit from the political turmoil over Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. As the US government reevaluates the extent of its involvement with Russia in the light of the crisis in Crimea, the California-based company sees an opportunity to get […]

  • Political tensions embolden move towards new U.S. rocket engine development

    James TuttenJune 6th, 2014

    U.S. government officials are continuing to voice their disapproval with Russia’s actions in the Crimea and the eastern border of Ukraine with a new legislative proposal to end the United State’s reliance on Russian-made RD-180 rocket engines. If approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama, this provision added to the 2015 National Defense […]

  • Opinion: Is the Ukraine being used as a wedge to kill SLS?

    Collin SkocikApril 6th, 2014

    The Space Launch System is not popular with everyone (yes, that’s an under statement). When President Obama canceled the Constellation Program, he didn’t want to retain any of it, not even the Orion capsule. After his first attempt at ending the program – the Space Launch System was created to salvage the nation’s manned space […]

  • NASA begins distancing itself from Russia

    Jason RhianApril 3rd, 2014

    NASA has issued a statement where the U.S. space agency has begun work in distancing itself from its long relationship with the Russian Federal Space Agency – Roscosmos. This is merely the first step in what began with Russia’s recent military actions in the Ukraine.

  • Opinion: What happened to Charlie Bolden?

    Collin SkocikMarch 30th, 2014

    Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. is one of NASA’s most accomplished astronauts. A former Marine Naval Aviator and test pilot, Bolden was selected as an astronaut in 1980. He served as astronaut safety officer and was the first astronaut to ride the slide wire escape system from the launch pad. Since he became NASA […]

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]