Date of first launches of Angara from Vostochny Cosmodrome unveiled

As it is widely known, Roscosmos have had number of problems with finishing launch sites for Angara at their Vostochny Cosmodrome. According to TASS it seems that for the first launches of Angara from latest and most modern cosmodrome in Russia we will wait little longer then it was previously expected. First regular launches of […]

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 […]

First contract for Angara 1.2 grabbed by ILS

International Launch Services acquired its first contract for commercial launch of next generation Russian rocket, Angara 1.2. ILS signed agreement with Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) for launching in 2020 multipurpose satellite Kompsat-6 known also as Arirang-6. Launch will be performed with Angara 1.2 rocket from Plesetsk Cosmodrome. Satellite will be delivered to Sun-synchronous orbit, where it […]

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 […]

Second launch of Angara still possible in the end of 2016

Sometimes news from Russian space industry are remaining in the opposition to itself; sometimes everything changes pretty fast that news given previously, after few days (or even hours) are totally outdated. Here is example: It is possible that Angara-A5 rocket will be launched in 2016 ! Russian news agency TASS, which recently announced about problems […]

Will production delays make Angara-A5 flight in 2016 impossible ?

Production of new Russian heavy rocket able to lift for GTO almost 5.4 tons of payload is delayed for three months and it is hard to predict how it will affect to launch date scheduled for end of 2016. According to TASS news agency and its source, there is delay in production process of Angara-A5. Second […]

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 […]

Changes in Russian space industry – revolution or evolution ?

Roscosmos changed its status from agency to corporation. What does it mean for space industry in Russia ? So from 1st January 2016 there will be no Roscosmos ! It is not a joke; agency in present form will not exist anymore. President Putin under special decree dissolved Federal Space Agency Roscosmos. Its successor will become from […]

New Fenix medium rocket still fits in cost cutting budget of Roscosmos

Russian new medium rocket is still in budget planned for 2016 in spite of fact reducing amounts for Federal Space Program. Soyuz rocket is legend of Russian Space Program. Designed as ICBM missile (R7) in 1957 by Sergey Korolev became through years of service one of most utilized and most reliable space launch vehicles. Modernized during […]