Is Angara-A5V still as Russian moon rocket of choice ?

Roscosmos decided about developing Angara-A5V rocket as future launch vehicle designated for Moon mission. Program still keeps the schedule even if final date is moving forward in time. Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center have just finished first phase (preliminary stage) of designing Angara-A5v rocket. Project was developed in cooperation with RKK Energia, one […]

Resurs-P3 passes tests in spite of issues with power

Russian imaging satellite is successfully passing through commissioning procedure in spite of previous problems with deploying one of the two solar panels. Satellite was launched on atop of Soyuz-2.1b on March 13, 2016 from launch site 31, pad 6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Satellite, designed by TsSKB Progress, is imaging spacecraft designed to operate from 470 km – […]

Roscosmos plans for new space station

Due the fact that International Space Station will reach to the end of its operational life in 2028, Roscosmos unveils different plans for replacing ISS. Recent concept refers to space station designed and operated only by Roscosmos – now idea has changed. Considered as Russian replacement for ISS and planned for starting on 2031, OPSEK was […]

Vostochny ready for first launch and for the long holidays

Vostochny cosmodrome, most impressive investment of Russian space industry in recent years, at last became ready for the first launch. Unfortunately it will be first and last launch before over one year period of suspending launches from Vostochny. It seems that Vostochny Cosmodrome will be fully operational not in 2016 but in 2017 or even 2018. First […]

ExoMars lander could be delayed to 2020 according to Roscosmos representative

After successful launch of TGO and EDM Schiaparelli on atop of Proton-M on 14 March 2016, first problems appeared in the cooperation between Roscosmos and ESA. Scheduled for 2018 launch of Mars lander developed under ExoMars program could be delayed to 2020. It seems that after celebrating successful launch, time for hard work came. It was […]

Resurs-P3 encountered solar panel deployment problem

Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Sunday at 18:56 GMT new Russian remote sensing satellite by TsSKB Progress, Resurs-P3 suffers problem with full deployment of solar panels necessary for using full potential of satellite. Yesterday after launch everything seemed to work correctly. Satellite reached designated orbit what was confirmed by Joint Space Operations Center (274 km x 460 km […]

Resurs-P3 satellite launched successfully after halted countdown yesterday

Scheduled for 12 March 2016 launch of Russian was halted yesterday and postponed for today. Launch was planned for yesterday on 18:56 GMT. Resurs-P3, remote sensing satellite, should reach space on atop of Soyuz-2.1b from launch site 31, pad 6 at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Unfortunately during countdown engines were automatically shut down and countdown was halted. […]

Future of Angara – not as clear as it might seem ?

Angara rocket was announced as future modular launch vehicle for commercial and not commercial use with high potential even covering lifting manned Moon lander. Is it really possible that economical problem would limit possibilities of using new rocket in favor to old launch vehicles and cancel Russian plans for manned Moon mission before 2030 ? Problems of […]

Rokot is going to be retired, Proton-M next in line !

Roscosmos decided about canceling conversion program of SS-19 ICBM into space launch vehicle Rokot. It seems that next venture based on cooperation between West and Russia is finished. According to TASS news agency, Russian space corporation (former space agency) Roscosmos decided to launch only two more Rokot launch vehicles during following years. In draft document […]

Russian Fenix rocket project planned to start already in 2018

Recently we were informed about variety of proposed new rockets by Russian space industry. It seems that only one, Phoenix rocket project was lucky – it will be developed for sure (at least for the present moment) in following years. Yesterday, on 20 January 2016, TASS news agency announced that new Federal Space Program for […]