SpaceX Leading the Way of Commercial Launch Market, Next is Russia? 

Five years ago, Russia controlled approximately half of the world commercial launch business with its huge numbers of rockets, which include Proton boosters. On the other hand, technical issues with this booster and stern competition from other renowned launchers like SpaceX, has considerably eroded their share. This 2018, it might just have approximately 10% of […]

Progress MS-04 – reasons of anomaly.

Do not praise the day before the sunset – this phrase will be surely remembered by Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, who said on November 29, 2016: “The Russian space industry has made a significant breakthrough in the creation of advanced technologies after overcoming a series of defeats, hurtful accidents and catastrophes and […]

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 […]

Sino-Russian cooperation in space-is it possible ?

Few decades ago it would be considered as a joke but in the present conditions it could be considered as reality. According to Russian sources, cooperation with China in joint development of new super heavy launch vehicles, which could be utilized during Moon mission, is more than possible. Both countries are developing own Moon exploration […]

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 […]

Vostochny ready for first launch and for the long holidays

Vostochny cosmodrome, most impressive investment of Russian space industry in recent years, at last became ready for the first launch. Unfortunately it will be first and last launch before over one year period of suspending launches from Vostochny. It seems that Vostochny Cosmodrome will be fully operational not in 2016 but in 2017 or even 2018. First […]

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 […]

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 alliances – Moscow is increasing its cooperation with Tehran in space exploration

According to TASS, Russia and Iran will continue and expand their cooperation in space research under the newly signed agreement. Appropriate statement was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin during his latest visit in Tehran on November 2015 during the third meeting of Russian-Iranian high-level commission. According to Mr. Rogozin: “Russia and Iran have fair prospects […]