MOSCOW — Russia is building a spaceport designed to reinstate it at the forefront of cosmic travel and evoke its 1950s Soviet heyday when Moscow put the first human in orbit.
But five years after construction began, the Vostochny Cosmodrome is behind schedule, billions of dollars over budget, and dogged by accusations that officials have embezzled funds and did not pay workers for months at a time. Continue reading Vostochny Cosmodrome: Russian Space Project Isn’t Going to Plan
An International Launch Services (ILS) Russian Proton rocket on Jan. 30 successfully placed the Eutelsat 9B commercial telecommunications satellite into orbit, with Proton’s Breeze-M upper stage separating the satellite nine hours and 12 minutes after liftoff from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan.
Paris-based Eutelsat said the satellite was healthy in orbit and sending signals, and that the solar panels had deployed as planned. Continue reading ILS Proton Successfully Launches Eutelsat 9B Telecom/Data-Relay Satellite
Russia is planning a manned mission to the Moon in 2030-2031, Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) First Deputy Head Alexander Ivanov said , reports TASS.
Continue reading Manned mission to Moon scheduled by Roscosmos for 2020-2031
At Baikonur cosmodrome, the teams of Russia’s rocket and space industry enterprises and TsENKI division Yuzhny Space Center rolled out Soyuz-U carrier rocket with Progress M-29M cargo transport spacecraft from the assembly, integration, and test building and installed it at the launch complex of pad 1 (Gagarin launch site), launch device 5. Continue reading Soyuz-U Carrier Rocket with Progress M-29M Cargo Transport Spacecraft Rolled Out and Installed at Launch Complex at Baikonur
On August 28, at 2.44 p.m. Moscow time, the launch teams of Russia’s rocket and space industry enterprises successfully launched Proton-M carrier rocket with Breeze-M upper stage and telecommunications Inmarsat-5F3 spacecraft from the launch complex of pad 200 of Baikonur cosmodrome. Continue reading Proton-M Carrier Rocket with Inmarsat-5F3 Successfully Launched from Baikonur