Production of first parts for “Federation” spacecraft planned for 2017

Yesterday, on 2 February 2017, TASS news agency announced about starting manufacturing parts for”Federation” manned spacecraft in 2017. Spacecraft will service and replace Soyuz-MS in 2021 and will be first Russian manned spacecraft send to the Moon in mission planned to 2025. New manned spacecraft is one of the key parts of modernization process of […]

No spectacular base, but highly automated manned exploration – Russian vision of first Lunar mission

Roscosmos is still considering Moon as important point in their plan of gradual increasing scale of their space program; after decades of delay and intense exploration of Low Earth Orbit, Moon regained his place in future plans of space exploration – first mission of Russian cosmonauts will be preceded by robotic exploration to provide conditions […]

Sea Launch for sale !

Roscosmos and RKK Energia are going to sale Sea Launch Company. According to TASS, both shareholders are interested in selling Sea Launch, company established for launching Ukrainian Zenit rocket from floating sea platform (whole idea was described in  this post referring to Zenit rocket). RKK Energia repurchased shares from Boeing Commercial Space and planned to operate independently. Deep […]

Three cosmonauts dismissed from active service in Roscosmos

Recently three cosmonauts received dismiss from active service in Roscosmos. According to official announcement given yesterday by Roscosmos State Corporation, three Cosmonauts will not anymore participate in Russian space program. Two were dismissed due the medical reasons and one resigned for his request. These trio are Sergei Volkov, Alexander Samokutyayev and Sergei Revin. Decision was announced and […]

Schiaparelli after preparations for Mars landing !

ESA have uploaded special strings of commands to order its Mars lander, Schiaparelli space probe, to prepare for deploying Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module from Trace Gas Orbiter. EDM will land on Mars surface at 14:18 GMT on 19th October 2016 on Meridiani Planum in the middle of storm dust season. It is second […]

ILS with new medium Proton !

Probably we will see new medium sized version of Proton rocket operated by International Launch Services sooner then it could be predicted. As we informed on June 28, 2016 (read here), Russian space industry was interested in continuing development of Proton rocket. Russian “Izviestia” quoted first deputy director at Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center […]

Reality and ambitions – Russian plans for future after ISS

TASS news agency announces about creating conception of establishing international cislunar space station under partnership, which was established to create International Space Station. Few days earlier RCC Energia was forced to confirm that new Russian ISS module is delayed and will be launched not earlier then on December 2017. International Space Station program is still active […]

Russian plans for future of Baikonur unveiled !

After maiden mission performed on April 28, 2016, from Vostochny cosmodrome, it seemed that it is matter of time when Baikonur Cosmodrome will pass to the history of Russian space exploration. Now probably this moment will be postponed to the future. Russian conception of extending possibilities of owned by Kazakhstan Baikonur Cosmodrome dates back in the […]

Russian lunar base under development !

Roscosmos seems to not abandoning plans for Moon exploration. One of the main research and development institutions in Russian space industry, Central Research Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIMash) announced about starting preliminary research of lunar base for 12 cosmonauts. These plans are not something new in the history of Russian space program. Ambitious goals for creating […]