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Boeing might sell Soyuz seats to NASA

Boeing might be embarrassed by delays to its CST-100 “Starliner” – in turn delaying the fulfilment of its commercial crew launch contracts with NASA until likely 2019 at the earliest – but at least it is showing some creative thinking …

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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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Progress M-029M makes rapid ascent to International Space Station after Soyuz launch

The Progress M-029M cargo spacecraft was launched into orbit on top of a Soyuz-U launch vehicle at 1649 GMT on 1 October 2015 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, near Tyuratam, in Kazakhstan. After using the rapid approach technique, Progress M-029M docked …

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Six more Soyuz rockets are ordered by Arianespace

The European launch provider Arianespace has ordered six more Soyuz launch vehicles to fly from its Sinnamary launch site near Kourou in French Guiana (part of the Guiana Space Centre) during the next four years.  According to the Russian state …

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O3b launch on Soyuz ST-B/Fregat MT goes well

A Soyuz ST-B /Fregat MT launch vehicle has successfully put four O3b spacecraft into orbit following its launch from the Sinnamary launch site in French Guiana.  The  third batch of four spacecraft named O3b FM9 – 12, was launched at …

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Cosmos 2492 launched on Soyuz 2-1A

The Russian Space Forces successfully launched a Kobalt M photo reconnaissance satellite on a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia at 1349 GMT on 6 May 2014. The satellite will be given the designation of …

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Soyuz makes two launches on same day from French Guiana and Kazakhstan (Corrected)

Four O3B network communications satellites were launched from the Sinnamary launch site near Kourou, French Guiana by a Soyuz ST-B/Fregat MT at 1927 GMT on 25 June.  Earlier the same day, at 1728 GMT a Soyuz 2-1b launched the Resurs …

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NASA buys six more Soyuz “seats” for rides to International Space Station

NASA has decided to fork out more cash to buy extra Soyuz seats to take its crews to the International Space Station.  The deal signed with Roscosmos is valued at $424 million is for six “seats” and training and adds to an earlier …

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Soyuz 2-1B Fregat M successfully launches Russian Glonass M47 navigation satellite (Corrected)

A Russian Soyuz 2-1B Fregat launch vehicle successfully launched the Glonass M47 satellite at 0523 GMT on 26 April from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Northern Russia. The satellite which had a launch mass of 1415 kg and a design life

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Successful Soyuz launch of Progress M-019M is marred by sticky KURS antenna which may prevent docking (Updated)

A Soyuz U launch vehicle successfully launched Progress M-019M (ISS-51P) on its mission to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome located near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan.   Aboard were 2.5 tons of cargo and supplies for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.  …

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Soyuz successfully launches Bion biology capsule and other small sats (Corrected)

A Soyuz 2-1A was successfully launched at 1000 GMT on 19 April from the Baikonur launch base near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan. On board was the Bion M1 spacecraft which itself was carrying an animal payload (mice, gerbils, geckos, snails and …

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Soyuz TMA-08M manned mission reaches International Space Station in quick time

The Soyuz TMA-08M/ISS-34S mission carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Pavel Vinogradov was launched successfully on a Soyuz FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (near Tyuratam) in Kazakhstan at 2043 GMT on 28 March 2013. Using …

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Soyuz TMA-06M return delayed due to poor weather at landing site

The planned undocking and return to Earth of the three-man Soyuz TMA-06M/ISS-32M spacecraft which is currently docked with the International Space Station, was delayed one day to 15 March due to poor weather (snow storm) at the planned landing site in Kazakhstan.  Such delays have …

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Globalstar completes second generation constellation with Soyuz launch (Corrected)

A Soyuz 2-1A/Fregat M launch vehicle successfully launched seven Globalstar second generation spacecraft on 6 February from the Baikonur launch site, near Tyuratam in Kazakhstan. The launch into low Earth orbit took place at 1604 GMT and about 100 minutes …

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Soyuz TMA-07M docks with International Space Station

Having been launched on a Soyuz FG rocket at 1212 GMT from the Baikonur launch site, near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan on 19 December 2012, the Soyuz TMA-07M/ISS-33S spacecraft docked with the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 1409 GMT on 21 …

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Soyuz TMA-07M launches with astronauts on way to International Space Station

A Soyuz FG rocket carried the Soyuz TMA-07M/ISS-33S spacecraft into orbit from the Baikonour space port near Tyuratam, Kazakhstan at 1212GMT on 19 December 2012.  Aboard the craft were, the Russian Cosmonaut, Roman Romanenko,  Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, and US …

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Atlas V and Taepodong-3 launch well…just three more launches to go this year

After the successful flights of an Atlas V 501 carrying the US Air Force X-37B/OTV 1 (FLIGHT 2) minispaceplane and of the Taepodong-3 (Uhna-3) carrying the North Korea’s Kwangmyongsong 3-2 spacecraft there are just three launches left. 

According to the Flightglobal/Ascend SpaceTrak database, the Chinese …

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Soyuz launches Galileo 3 & 4 successfully

At 1815 GMT on 12 October, two European Galileo navigation satellites, Galileo 3 and Galileo 4, were successfully launched from the Sinnamary launch site near Kourou in French Guaina, using a Russian-builit Soyuz ST-B (Fregat MT) launch vehicle operated by Arianespace.   The Soyuz …

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