Anomaly of the 3rd stage still most possible explonation of MS-04 disaster

According to Mission Control Center specialists, still most possible explanation for disaster of Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft is problem with third stage of Soyuz-U rocket. To remind, spacecraft exploded after 382 seconds of flight on December 1, 2016. TASS news agency quotes official statement given by Mission Control Center of Roscosmos, evaluating as most  possible […]

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 […]

“FEDERATION” scheduled for 2025 to the first Moon mission

New Russian spacecraft “Federation” will probably start regular manned missions from 2025. According to TASS news agency Roscosmos is planning to start regular flights to Moon orbit from 2025 with new “Federation” spacecraft. “Federation” is under development since 2008, when Russia cancelled participation in joint project of new spacecraft with ESA. New spacecraft will replace in […]

Johann Woerner’s problems with ExoMars – tough times are coming for ESA Mars mission ?

After postponing ExoMars mission for two years from 2018 to 2020 it seems that subcontractors of ESA will be forced to work really hard to make the delay was the last. On press conference in Prague, on May 9, 2016, Johann Woerner, Director of European Space Agency clearly expressed his dissatisfaction caused by delay with ExoMars. […]

ExoMars officially postponed to July 2020

 Join Russian-European Mars mission was officially moved to 2020 due the decision of Johann Woerner and Igor Komarov. Previous gossips about delays in program were unveiled in March 2016, just before successful launch of Schiaparelli EDM and TGO space probe on atop of Proton rocket on March 14, 2016 (You can read more here about launch and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kanopus for Iran already in April – Russia still decided to sign contract

On MAKS air show on August 2015 Iran and Russia representatives signed agreement for cooperation in aviation and space industry. Agreement was worth $21 billion and covers satellite technology and military and civilian aircrafts.  Now we now that contract for designing and manufacturing remote sensing satellite for Iran will be signed in April 2016. Iran is […]