Monthly Archives: December 2014

Record: Russia for the First Time Since Soviet Union Carried out 38 Launches

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Russia in 2014 retained the top spot in the world in the number of space launches, for the first time since the Soviet era all the Russian cosmodromes made 38 starts, Russian Space Agency told RIA Novosti.

“The main achievement of this year can be regarded as the “birth” of the first family of carrier rockets “Angara”, which were created since the mid-1990s. The specialists of the Russian space industry and the Ministry of Defense of Russia successfully tested launch vehicles of light class “Angara-1.2” and heavy class “Angara-A5”, the official said.

In 2014, the Russian Federation launched a record number of spacecrafts – 80, including 31 machines for public use, 5 commercials and 44 small spacecrafts.

Russian companies in the sector created and launched three spacecrafts for foreign customers.

One of the conversion carrier rockets, launched on June 19 from GMD Dombarovsky, by the program “Dnepr” put into orbit a record number of satellites – 34 spacecrafts for customers from 17 countries.

In addition, during the year the Russian space industry professionals have provided four missile launches of “Soyuz-STB” from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and one launch of rocket “Zenit-2SL” by the program “Sea Launch”.

First Export Deliveries of Upgraded Heavy Mi-26T2 to Begin in 2015

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“Rostvertol” (part of the holding “Russian Helicopters”) in 2015 starts export deliveries of deeply modernized heavy transport helicopter in Mi-26T2 modification, a source in the military-industrial complex reported to “Interfax-AVN”.

“Rostvertol” will deliver to foreign customer in the first quarter of 2015 the first of the ordered batch of Mi-26T2,” a spokesman said.

According to him, the entire batch of Mi-26T2 will be delivered to foreign customer before the end of March 2016.

The interviewee noted that in 2015 “Rostvertol” will produce at the same time Mi-26 in different versions for the Russian Air Force and foreign customers. In particular, for China we build helicopters of Mi-26TC version. In total in 2015 it will be released about 7-8 Mi-26 in various versions, the spokesman said.

Powerful Russian Observation Satellite Put into Operational Orbit

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Spacecraft “Resurs-P” No.2, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on December 26 has been put into operational orbit, the press service of the Rocket and Space Center “Progress” (Samara) reported.

“On December 31 the spacecraft “Resurs-P” No.2, designed and produced by RKTs “Progress” was transferred from launching orbit into operational orbit,” was said in a statement received by “Interfaks-AVN” on Wednesday.

Working parameters of the orbit of satellite “Resurs-P” No.2: perigee – 467 km; apogee – 499.6 km; inclination – 97.276 deg; orbit time – 93.99 min.

“We are setting the target devices to capture images of the Earth’s surface. Parameters of the spacecraft (temperature, pressure in the compartments, the supply voltage) are in the normal range. The remarks to work of on-board equipment are missing,” it was said in a statement.

Russia to Determine Technological Development Priorities

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the Russian Government to complete forming the priority directions for scientific, technological and engineering development in Russia with the aim of reducing the country’s dependence on foreign products and technologies by May 30, 2015.

The document published on the official website of the Kremlin states that the Cabinet of Ministers in cooperation with the Council for Science and Russian Academy of Sciences should develop and adopt a legal act to determine a mechanism for coordination of the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations and Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Russian Government, Council for Science and Russian Academy of Sciences have been instructed to elaborate and approve a plan aimed at restructuring scientific organizations operating under the Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations to create effective research teams.

SMF Receive New Missile Systems and Upgraded Aircraft

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Three missile regiments of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces have been rearmed with the Yars systems in 2014. This statement was made by Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov.

“This year, we have rearmed three missile regiments of the Strategic Missile Forces with the Yars systems. In addition, the infrastructure of the Strategic Missile Forces has been modernized,” Mr. Gerasimov told journalists on Monday.

The Chief of the General Staff also said that four Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic long-range aviation aircraft have been modernized and have entered duty in 2014.

It’s worth noting that the Yars missile complex has an intercontinental range of up to 11,000 kilometers, is equipped with a reentry warhead and maneuvering units with individual targeting, and is characterized by superior maneuverability.

Russia’s TsAGI to Test МS-21-300 Fin Box

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The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute named after Prof. N.E. Zhukovsky has received a composite fin box in accordance with the plan of experimental work on the MS-21-300 aircraft. TsAGI specialists will check the box strength for compliance with the requirements of the Russian Aviation Regulations.

It should be noted that the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute has already tested the structurally similar patterns and prototypes made of composite materials for the benefit of the MS-21 program. The test results have made it possible to verify the calculation methods and show compliance between the calculated and experimental data. According to the information available, experimental studies of the fin box will be conducted in three stages to test its strength under operational loads and different conditions.

Ansat Passenger Version Receives AR IAC Certification

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The new Ansat light multirole helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls has received additional certification from the Aviation Register of the Interstate Aviation Committee, enabling it to carry out passenger transport operations in the commercial market.

According to the press service of the Russian Helicopters, additional certification confirms that the Ansat helicopter meets aviation regulations and approves the changes made to the type model. In particular, the Ansat passenger variant boasts an upgraded stability augmentation system, increased take-off weight up to 3,600 kg, and equipment to carry passengers. These changes have made it possible to improve the helicopter’s flight capabilities and make it more attractive and competitive in the international market.

“Type certification for the Ansat passenger helicopter with hydro-mechanical controls opens up new opportunities to promote this helicopter in the global commercial operation market,” Kazan Helicopters CEO Vadim Ligay stated.

Satellite Constellation “Resurs-P” to Solve Problem of Earth Monitoring

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The creation on the orbit of a constellation of several spacecrafts “Resurs-P” will allow to reach a new level of solving problems of Earth remote sensing, CEO of Rocket and Space Center “Progress” (Samara) Alexander Kirilin said to “Interfax-AVN”.

“Space system consisting of two units, allows to solve problems that are not available to a single object. Firstly, it is obvious that the amount of information derived from space will increase, respectively, in two times,” A.Kirilin said commenting the launch of spacecraft “Resurs-P” No. 2 implemented on December 26.

A.Kirilin said, “that secondly, the information must be supplied to the consumer very quickly: he should be able to get the shot as soon as possible from the date of issue of the application to the shooting.”

Upgraded Missile-Target “Kaban” to Pass Interdepartmental Tests in 2015

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The interdepartmental tests of a deeply modernized missile-target “Kaban” will be held next year, according to Interfax-AVN, citing a source in the military-industrial complex.

“The program of interdepartmental tests of upgraded missile-target of type “Kaban” provides performance of over five starts,” a spokesman said.

According to him, the upgraded missile-target “Kaban” is one of the most hard-to-hit. It is used for the creation of new anti-aircraft missile systems.

The agency’s interlocutor said that the upgraded missile-target “Kaban” possesses composite engine, scoring system and satellite navigation system GPS/GLONASS.

Two Speedboats “Raptor” to Join Black Sea Fleet in Early 2015

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Two speedboats “Raptor” will be part of the Black Sea Fleet (BSF) in the first quarter of 2015, BSF spokesman Vyacheslav Trukhachev reported.

On Tuesday, the boats were delivered to Novorossiysk naval base by trucks from the Leningrad shipyard “Pella”. To date, at the Novorossiisk base it was already tested three boats of a similar project.

“The crews of boats together with specialists from the plant have begun to prepare the ships for the state tests. The boat is planned to be transferred to the Black Sea Fleet in the first quarter of 2015,” Trukhachev said.

The boats like “Raptor” are capable of operating in the coastal zone of the seas, straits and estuaries. The equipment of ships can perform tasks at any time at a distance of 100 miles from the base.