Production of first parts for “Federation” spacecraft planned for 2017

Yesterday, on 2 February 2017, TASS news agency announced about starting manufacturing parts for”Federation” manned spacecraft in 2017. Spacecraft will service and replace Soyuz-MS in 2021 and will be first Russian manned spacecraft send to the Moon in mission planned to 2025. New manned spacecraft is one of the key parts of modernization process of […]

More money for Ariane 6 from EU

European Commission, one of the most vital institutions in European Union, decided to support financially European commercial space sector. Ultimate objective for European space program was finally refined: starting independent space access with Ariane 6 in 2020. 12 billion Euros by 2020 for Airbus Safrane for supporting mainly Ariane 6 project – this is solution […]

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 […]

Soyuz-5 already in 2022 !

Remaining still in the early phase of development Soyuz-5 rocket seems to be universal solution for at least two problems for Russian space industry: upcoming retirement of Proton and lack of rocket which could be launched from Sea Launch see platform. According to official statement RCC Energia was selected as primary contractor for Soyuz-5 carrier […]

Soyuz-U/Progress MS-04 already rolled out !

Everything is ready – tomorrow launch of Soyuz-u rocket with Progress MS-04 on atop is closing with every hour. Penultimate cargo mission to International Space Station is progressing according to schedule. Yesterday long for 46 m and weighing 313 tons rocket was rolled out from MIK-112 Launcher Integration Facility, where integration process between rocket and […]

Expedition 48-49 postponed to 7th July 2016

Unexpected issues with Soyuz-MS caused postponing launch of Soyuz-MS which should delivered members of Expedition 48-49 to ISS on 24th June 2016.  It seems that Astronauts Kathleen Rubins (NASA-first spaceflight), Takuya Onishi (JAXA-first spaceflight) and cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanishin (Roscosmos-second spaceflight) will start their space mission on International Space Station two weeks later. It was not unveiled if launch delay […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Russian “Federation” spacecraft after first tests of man-machine interface

Even if present time is not easy for Russian economy, it should not be forgotten that Yuri Gagarin performed his first space flight only 16 years after World War II when Soviet economy was still in state of shock after World War II. Russian space industry had and has great potential; it still remains a one of the […]

Swiss Space Systems acquired Airbus plane for zero G flights

Swiss Space Systems is still on the market and is getting close to their first goal – offering zero G flights commercially. Swiss Space Systems (S3) is Swiss company founded in Payerne in 2012 by former aircraft pilot of Swiss Air Force Pascal Jaussi (present CEO) and astronaut Claude Nicollier (Chairman). Company announced their plans on 2013: […]