Soyuz MS-07 launched !

Following two days will be quite busy on International Space Station. Soyuz MS-07 already begun its journey to the Station, Dragon CRS-13 was launched on Friday and already docked with supplies to Earth facing Harmony module docking port. Dragon with 1560 kg of pressurized and 645 kg of unpressurized cargo was launched on the top […]

Problems with Progress MS-07 during countdown, launch aborted seconds before lift off

Just seconds separated Soyuz-2.1A from lift off; rare anomaly forced to abort mission and moved it to next week. Launch of the Soyuz-2.1a with Progress MS-07 robotic spacecraft was scheduled for 09:23 UTC with planned mission duration of 3.5 hours. Unfortunately in spite of good weather and smooth preparations for launch, surprisingly one thing went […]

Progress MS-05 leaves International Space Station

Russian cargo spacecraft Progress left International Space Station and ended lasting five months MS-05 resupply mission. Progress MS-05 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on February 22, 2017. Packed with 2.4 t of supplies for crew members performed lasting 48 hours space journey to dock after rendez vous to Pirs nadir docking port on 24 February. […]

Get ready for Expedition 50/51 !

Preparing for Expedition 50/51 entered into last phase on Earth and on International Space Station. After landing of Soyuz MS-01 with Anatoly Ivanishin, Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi, International Space Station have been occupied only by three crew members: Commander Shane Kimbrough from NASA and Sergey Ryzhikov with Andrei Borisenko, flight engineers from Roscosmos. Expedition 50 with […]

Baikonur as UNESCO object!

Roscosmos State Corporation would like to see Baikonur Cosmodrome  UNESCO World Heritage List in future. Founded on  2 June 1955, currently rented by Russian state from Kazakhstan to at least 2050, Baikonur is something more than test range or a launch site. it is piece of history, place where first object (Sputnik-1) was launched and […]

Soyuz MS-02 with possible new launch date

Russian Soyuz MS-02 manned spacecraft, with launch date planned for 23rd September 2016, suffers over one month of delay. It seems that International Space Station will remain with only three crew members for whole October. It seems that repositioning of International Space Station performed with utilization of Progress MS-02 on 11th September was a bit […]

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 […]

ExoMars TGO/Schiaparelli after course correction

Mars probe sent as a result of cooperation of ESA and Roscosmos performed yesterday successful course correction necessary for continuing mission according to plan. Maneuver was performed on July 28, 2016 at 09:30 GMT after Mission Control Center in Korolev sent command to start main engine of TGO remaining 83 million kilometers from Earth; support and additional […]

Soyuz-MS and Soyuz-FG are waiting !

Date of launch of upgraded Soyuz spacecraft in MS version with members of Expedition 48-49 is getting close. Launch is set for 7th July 2016 at 01:36 GMT from famous launch site 1 “Gagarin’s start” at Baikonur Cosmodrome. Members of Expedition 48-49 Kate Rubins (NASA, flight engineer with Peggy Whitson as a backup), Anatoly Ivanishin (Roscosmos, commander […]

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 […]