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Progress MS-04 mission to ISS ended by a Soyuz-U launch failure (Updated)

An ISS (International Space Station) resupply mission, which lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, has suffered a launch failure. The Progress MS-04 mission, which was being carried by a Soyuz-U rocket, successfully lifted off from Baikonur at 1452 GMT …

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Russian Soyuz vehicle successfully launches astronauts, and troubled Soyuz craft, to the ISS

At 0805 GMT, 19 October 2016, a Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Site 31/6, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Soyuz MS-02 craft containing crew members of Expedition 49/50 to the International Space Station (ISS). The new crew members …

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Russian Soyuz craft suffers anomaly, while Roscosmos announces crew reductions to the ISS

The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, announced on 17 September 2016, that the next flight of the Soyuz-MS crew transport craft would be delayed for technical reasons after testing conducted at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to TASS, the Russian state …

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Putin is forced by poor finances into cutting space spend by 30% and delaying moon-landing plan

While Russia’s President has been accused of “probably” being involved in the 2006 fatal poisoning of the London-based dissident, Alexander Litvinenko, (with the Polonium 210 nuclear isotope normally used to heat the Lunokhod lunar rovers), Vladimir Putin had more pressing

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Analysis: Russian space agency Roscosmos is merged into supersize space company – but is it a good idea?

In a further indication that Russia seems intent on going back to a Soviet-style command structure, the Russian Government has approved the merger of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, with mega-corporation United Rocket and Space Corp (URSC).

Originally, it had …

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On a sadder note: Star-crossed gecko lovers have tragic end to their space sex mission

The Russian unmanned Foton M4 biology and technology mission has successfully landed in Kazakhstan at 0918 GMT on 1 September 2014 after its re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The Foton M4 spacecraft had been launched by a Soyuz 2-1A rocket on …

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Progress M-024M freighter is launched to ISS on Soyuz and docks successfully after Progress M-023M makes way

The Progress M-024M cargo carrying unmanned spacecraft was successfully launched to the International Space Station at 2144 GMT on 23 July 2014.  The launch took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome near Tyuratam near Kazakhstan.  Progress M-024M docked with the ISS …

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Farnborough Air Show: None of Russia’s main delegation make it to show after UK visa ban – retaliation is expected to follow (Updated)

Russian officials hoping to attend the Farnborough International Air Show were effectively barred as the were not able to obtain visas after the UK Government refused to let them have them.  The move by the UK Government was made as …

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Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat M launches Russian weather satellite plus six smaller ones including Scotland’s first spacecraft

At 1558 GMT on 8 July 2014 a Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat M launch vehicle successfully placed the  2.5 metric ton Meteor 3M-N2 Russian weather satellite into Sun-synchronous orbit.   The launch took place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site near Tyuratam in …

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On a sadder note: Colourful former Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin passes away

The former head of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, has died at the age of 56 after succumbing to cancer.  Popovkin had previously risen through the ranks of the Russian Space Forces and took over the role of head …

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Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft lands safely with its crew

NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin were successfully landed aboard the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft at 0305 GMT on 16 March near Arkalyk in Kazakhstan.   The landing took place a day late after a snow storm …

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ExoMars deal is formally signed between ESA and Roscosmos

After NASA found it could no longer offer launches for the ExoMars mission, the European Space Agency (ESA) approached Russia for help.  As a result of long running discussions, on 14 March the ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Head …

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Russian comsats are cut off by road works

Russian communications satellites were, for a time, stable but  out of direct command of their ground controllers after a communicatons cable had been severed during roadwork son 14 November.  The roadworks had been on the Shchyolkovsky Highway outside Moscow and cut the …

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ANALYSIS: Isle of Man rises to fourth favourite in manned race back to the moon (Updated)

Two years ago, the space team at the Ascend consultancy (now part of Flightglobal) did an analysis on which nation was likely to be the first to return men to the moon.   In the analysis notional odds were

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FARNBOROUGH: UK is seen as teacher in space growth quest as Roscosmos gets advice from SpaceX

The Minister of State for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP used the Farnborough International Air Show to announce the new ‘Civil Space Strategy’ setting out the direction for the UK space sector over the next four

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister is not amused by space infighting

The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has, via a spokesperson,  indicated his displeasure at the public spat between senior executives involved in the Russian space programme and noted the damage it could do to Russia’s space industry.  This was …

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Mexico begins $80 million space agency center preparations


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Mexico has begun preparations to construct its own 30-hectare space center on the Yucatan peninsula for the country’s space agency that was created in 2008

Russia has said it is ready to help Mexico with its space ambitions. In …

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VIDEO: New Russian lunar spaceship to fly manned in 2018


Russia Today has provided an English language version of this Russia 24 news channel interview with Energia space corporation head Vitaly Lopota about the country’s new Advanced Crew Vehicle and how it could be used to go to the Moon. …

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VIDEO: Russia’s new manned spacecraft profiled on space day

This video from Russian news channel Russia 24 has CGI video of the country’s proposed Advanced Crew Vehicle (ACV) that would be launched by the new Rus-M rocket. In the video ACV is launched by a rocket that looks different to

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Russian space chief talks Mars on Gagarin spaceflight anniversary

Anatoly Perminov head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) speaks today, the 49th anniversary of the first human spaceflight, to the Russia 24 news channel. For those of you who can’t speak Russian he tells tham that people could fly to …

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