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  • Russia’s Luna 25 enters orbit around the Moon

    Anastasia StepanovaAugust 17th, 2023

    Less than a week after its launch, Russia’s Luna 25 spacecraft has entered orbit around the Moon with the goal of landing as early as next week.

  • Soyuz rocket launches 7th batch of OneWeb satellites

    Theresa CrossMay 29th, 2021

    The launch of OneWeb’s seventh batch of satellites took place at 1:38 p.m. EDT (17:38 UTC) May 28, 2021, from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia.

  • Meteoric – Roscosmos launches satellite to observe

    Steve HammerJuly 5th, 2019

    Meteors normally crash to Earth, but the Meteor-M No. 2-2 satellite did the exact opposite when it soared away from Earth and on its way to Sun-synchronous orbit.

  • Kanopus-V pair lifts off atop Soyuz 2.1a in final Russian flight of 2018

    Cullen DesforgesDecember 27th, 2018

    At 11:07 a.m. local time (02:07 GMT) Dec. 27, 2018, the Kanopus-V No. 5 & No. 6 satellites took to the skies above Russia atop a Soyuz 2.1a rocket.

  • More than $150 million embezzled during construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 27th, 2018

    Information revealed by Russian prosecutors provide insight into the scale of corruption during the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

  • 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.

  • Putin lays out priorities of Russia’s space program on Cosmonautics Day

    Tomasz NowakowskiApril 15th, 2018

    Russian President Vladimir Putin made remarks regarding essential elements of his nation’s space program on Thursday, April 12, when the country celebrated Cosmonautics Day.

  • Former Vostochny Cosmodrome construction boss sentenced to jail for mass fraud

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 1st, 2018

    Yury Khrizman, the former head of Dalspetsstroy, a major state contractor responsible for the construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for mass corruption.

  • Soyuz-2.1a launches from Vostochny with 11 satellites

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 2nd, 2018

    Russia conducted its first orbital mission of 2018 on Thursday, February 1, by launching a Soyuz-2.1a rocket with 11 satellites into space. The mission got underway under mostly clear skies and carried payloads from Germany as well as the U.S.

  • Meteor-M 2-1, 18 secondary payloads lost after apparent Fregat-M failure

    Derek RichardsonNovember 29th, 2017

    A Soyuz 2.1b launched with 19 satellites, including the Earth-observation satellite Meteor-M 2-1, at 2:41 p.m. local time (12:41 a.m. EST / 05:41 GMT) Nov. 28, 2017, from Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East. While the initial ascent appeared to go according to plan, communications with the Fregat-M upper stage and the payload was not established as planned.

  • Roscosmos envisions Russian rockets launching international missions to Moon, Mars

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 7th, 2017

    Russia has high expectations for its future super-heavy-lift launch vehicle. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov has recently laid out his hopes for the new rocket, underlining that he is longing to see interplanetary missions being launched by this heavy booster.

  • Russia sees Vostochny Cosmodrome as deep space exploration hub

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 12th, 2017

    Russia intends to launch deep space exploration spacecraft from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East. Latest statements made by Russian officials show that Roscosmos plans to push forward with construction of the required infrastructure for interplanetary missions.

  • Roscosmos confirms 2021 test flight of Federation spacecraft

    Tomasz NowakowskiOctober 27th, 2016

    The head of the Roscosmos State Corporation recently confirmed the first test flight of Russia’s next-generation spacecraft, Federation, will take place in 2021. The spacecraft’s maiden orbital mission will launch without a crew from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in the country’s Far East.

  • Russia loses contact with nanosatellite launched from Vostochny

    Tomasz NowakowskiMay 6th, 2016

    The tiny nanosatellite SamSat-218, which was launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on April 28, has failed to establish radio contact with mission control. According to Interfax news agency, although the spacecraft was placed into orbit as planned, it is sending only fragmentary signals to Earth.

  • 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.