New life for Sea Launch

We have official confirmation – S7 group acquired major stock of Sea Launch company. Representatives of both companies met in Moscow on 28 December 2016 and signed final agreement – in this way, Russian S7 group known mainly because of its subsidiary PJSC Siberia Airlines, became launch service provider. This agreement finishes hard period for […]

Sea Launch with Long March 11 !

After purchasing Sea Launch company by S7 group, future of this innovative launch service provider was unsure. Problems caused by lack of the sufficient number of rockets compatible with sea platform seemed not to bother extensively new owner. Now it seems that problem seemed to be resolved. Sea Launch was acquired from Energia corporation in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Last Zenit launch already on 11th December 2015

It is end of cooperation between Russia and Ukraine – no further launches of Zenit rocket from Baikonur will be planned. TASS press agency announced about last launch of Zenit rocket with Elektro-L2 weather satellite atop (mission was described in this post). It is probably last launch of Ukrainian rocket in the cooperation with Russia. […]

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 […]