Tundra early warning satellite on orbit from 25th of May

This was in fact first launch of the rocket from Russia in 2017 not related with International Space Station. Mission was planned to cover demand of Russian Ministry of Defense for delivering to orbit another EKS satellite, which will operate as part of the Early Warning System against rocket missiles. EKS stands for Edinaya Kosmicheskaya Sistema […]

Commercial Crew Program with delays, NASA seeks for alternatives

According to spacenews.com NASA decided finally to seek alternative to planned manned Dragon and CST-100 spacecrafts with first regular missions scheduled for 2019. Explanation is simple – NASA resigned to purchase places for their astronauts for 2019 from Roscosmos, and in case of any delays with SpaceX manned Dragon or Boeing CST-100, 2019 could be first […]

S7 group acquired Sea Launch

Russian S7 group, which owns PJSC Siberia Airlines, acquired major stock of the Sea Launch, Company which is operating sea launch platform and uses Zenit rockets to put payload on Low Earth Orbit. According to official announcements given during 27th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara on September 27, 2016, Sea Launch finally had new investor – Russian group S7, which […]

Russian plans for Sea Launch

Joint venture company Sea Launch (established in 1995 by Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the USA) after hard times being result of generally bad political situation between Ukraine (provider of the Zenit rockets) and Russia seemed to be doomed to bankruptcy. Now it seems that there is chance to keep ultimate sea platform for launching rockets to […]

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 […]

The exception that proves the rule – Zenit-3F with Elektro-L atop already on 11th December 2015

Launch of Zenit-3F rocket with Elektro-L satellite atop is scheduled on 11th December 2015. Planned launch site is LC-45 in Baikonur Kosmodrome, Kazakhstan. After regaining independence from Soviet Union in 1991 Ukraine inherited part of soviet industrial and military potential. In spite of mining and steel industry on east, collectivized agriculture on the west Ukraine was in possession […]