Problems with guidance system possibly caused disaster of Fregat-M with Meteor-M2-1 and 18 other satellites

Problems with Fregat-M were caused probably by navigational and guidance system but not necessary by their technical malfunction. According to TASS news agency problems with Fregat-M launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome on November 28 were directly linked with guidance system. TASS refers here to anonymous source inside Russian space industry – Agency claims that guidance system, […]

Meteor weather satellite with additional payload satellites possibly lost after failure of Fregat-M upper stage.

Second launch from Vostochny became a disaster due the possible failure of  Fregat-M upper stage. Russian weather satellite Meteor M2-1 with 18 other different spacecrafts was launched on the top of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket with Fregat upper stage in the early morning hours from Site-1S at 05:41 UTC. It was planned that satellite will be […]

Samsat-218 still not operating correctly

Russian nanosatellite launched as piggyback payload on atop of Soyuz-2.1a, on April 28, 2016 during maiden mission of Vostochny cosmodrome, still has problems and is not considered as fully operational. SamSat-218 (previously known as Contact-Nanosatellite) is 3U Cubesat designed and built by students on Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU). It was described as first nanosatellite […]

Vostochny, we have a problem !

It seems that beginnings are always difficult even for such experienced space corporation like Roscosmos. Samsat-218, one of the satellites launched on April 28 2016 on atop of Soyuz-2.1a lost contact with ground. It is not disaster, because main payload, MVL-300 satellite and second additional satellite Ainst-2D seemed to work fine. News was published by […]

Vostochny after its maiden mission !

This time Vladimir Putin was able to see how Soyuz-2.1a is lifting off and fly through clear sky to put into orbit three satellites: MVL-300, SamSat-218 and Ainst-2D. There was no place for second mistake during 1860th launch of Soyuz rocket. After postponing flight due the problems with cable connected to valve in fuel tank […]

First launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome delayed

Tough beginning for Vostochny cosmodrome – countdown was interrupted, launch is delayed and date of next attempt is set for 28th April 2016. If someone missed great celebration of Roscosmos will soon have another chance. After interrupting countdown procedure of Soyuz-2.1a with MVL-300 satellite on atop at 02:00 GMT at T-90″, first questions were about reasons […]

Big day for Roscosmos Corporation – first launch from Vostochny is coming within hours !

There is nothing more to say: first launch from new Vostochny Cosmodrome ! UPDATE: April 27, 2016, 02:04 GMT – According to TASS news agency launch was postponed for later hour Most expensive investment of Roscosmos maybe since collapsing of USSR – new Vostochny Cosmodrome, placed at 51° 53′ N 128° 20′ E in Amur […]