Monthly Archives: January 2015

UAC to Participate in Air Shows in Le Bourget and Farnborough

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United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) does not refuse to participate in the international air shows in Le Bourget and Farnborough, but the delegation of the company will be reduced, the president of UAC Yuri Slusar told reporters on Thursday.

The Paris Air Show in Le Bourget is one of the largest air shows in the world, and it is held every two years in Le Bourget airport, 12 kilometers north-east of Paris. In 2015, the exhibition will be held from 15 to 21 June.

Farnborough Airshow is held every two years at the airport near the city of Farnborough. The next exhibition will be held in 2016. The participation of the Russian delegation in the show in 2014 was difficult due to problems with obtaining of UK visas. Because of this, many employees of the companies of the military-industrial complex, the participation of which was paid, could not come, and the delegation participated in a shortened format.

State Corporation “Roscosmos” to Be Engaged in Strengthening Country’s Defense

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Created state corporation “Roscosmos” in addition to space activities will be engaged directly in cosmodromes, GLONASS, and the strengthening of national defense and security, according to a draft law on the state corporation.

“The corporation aims to create conditions and mechanisms for effective implementation of space activities in the interests of science, technology and various sectors of the economy, the effective management of the corporation, the promotion of the country’s defense and security,” was said in a document published on the portal of public legal information.

The document also notes that the corporation will be engaged in maintenance work in the field of rocket and space technology research, socio-economic, military and dual-use, as well as combat missile technology of strategic purpose. In addition, Roscosmos will be engaged in coordination of the development of the GLONASS satellite system and the direction of the works at the cosmodromes “Vostochny” and Baikonur.

Search for Life on Mars – Chief Scientific priority of European-Russian Missions ExoMars

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As part of the ExoMars – a joint project of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) – in 2016 and 2018 it is expected to launch two missions to Mars, Director General of ESA Jean-Jacques Dordain said to “Interfax-AVN” on Friday.

“One of the most important scientific questions of our time – was there life on Mars. The answer to this is the most important research priority of the program ExoMars,” the head of the ESA said.

Jean-Jacques Dordain recalled that in March 2013, ESA and the Federal Space Agency signed a cooperation agreement on the program of ExoMars, consisting of two missions in 2016 and 2018 “and mutually balanced division of responsibilities for the various elements of the mission”.

According to him, “ESA will supply the orbital module TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) and the demonstration landing module EDM (Entry, Descent and landing demonstrator Module), their launch is scheduled for January 2016.”

Corvettes “Sovershennyy” and “Gremyashchy” to Be Part of Navy in 2015

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Two multi-purpose corvettes of the project 20380 “Sovershennyy” and “Gremyashchy” will be transferred to the Navy of Russia until the end of 2015, another two corvettes of this project will be laid down in February, Deputy Chief of the Russian Navy, Rear Admiral Victor Bursuk told reporters on Thursday.

“Given the need for renewal of ships capable to operate in the near maritime zone, in February it will be laid two corvettes of the project at the enterprise “Severnaya Verf” (corvettes “Retiviy” and “Strogiy”). By the end of 2015, the Navy will receive two corvette of the project – “Sovershenniy” and “Gremyashchiy”, built on the Amur shipyard,” Bursuk said.

He recalled that four corvettes of the project 20380 – “Steregushchiy”, “Soobrazitelnyy”, “Boikiy” and “Stoikiy” are adopted by the Navy and perform tasks as part of the Baltic Fleet.

Russia’s CMD Receives Upgraded Navigation Systems

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The reconnaissance units of the Central Military District located in Siberia have received the upgraded Grot-M navigation systems. This information was presented by the press service of the Central Military District.

It should be noted that the Grot-M navigation system is designed for determining current coordinates, calculating directional angles, recording individual points and routes, speed and trajectory of movement using the signals of GLONASS and GPS navigation systems.

In addition, the navigator is capable of recording any maps and routes using a special converter of the software package. The device memory is 256 MB, but it may be increased up to 16 GB. The operating temperature ranges from -40 to +55 °C. The upgraded Grot-M meets the latest requirements for navigation systems, and makes it possible to determine coordinates within the accuracy of up to 5 meters.

Russia to Launch 10 Space Rockets in Next Three Months

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Russia plans to carry out ten launches of space rockets from different spaceports within the next three months. This statement was made by a source in the space industry on Thursday.

“We plan to launch the Inmarsat-5F2 communications satellite for the British operator on February 1. The satellite will be put into orbit by means of the Proton-M carrier rocket and the Briz-M upper stage,” the official said, noting that the Proton-M rockets will be launched three times within the next three months: on March 19 (Express-AM7), on April 6 (Express-AM8) and on April 24 (MexSat-1).

The Baikonur Cosmodrome will be used to carry out launches of the Soyuz-U rocket with the Progress M-26M cargo spacecraft (February 17), the Soyuz-FG rocket with the Soyuz TMA-16M manned spacecraft (March 27), and the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft (April 28).

Russia’s CMD to Take Delivery of New Drones

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The separate UAV companies of the Central Military District will receive the Eleron-3 drones that can be used both in autonomous and radio command modes during the first half of 2015. This information was furnished by the press service of the Central Military District.

The new drones will make it possible to obtain accurate intelligence data on the groups of soldiers, buildings and vehicles within a radius of 25 kilometers during independent actions in isolation from the main forces. The device can perform multiple flights and passes over a given point and carry out automatic landing using the GLONASS satellite navigation system.

It’s worth noting that the Eleron-3 drone is fitted with digital equipment on gyrostabilized platforms. It comprises a TV camera, an IR camera, a photographic camera, a transponder and a radio intelligence station.

Russian Astronomer Takes Photos of New Comet

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Astronomer Evgeniy Tikhonov has used the TAL-75R telescope produced by Russia’s Shvabe to photograph the comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy.

According to the company’s press center, the TAL-75R is a compact refracting telescope based on the advanced optical technology. Thanks to the high optical quality and expanded configuration, this device can be used to observe various planets, moons of the solar system and deep space objects, including comets, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters.

The comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy was discovered on August 17, 2014 by Terry Lovejoy in Brisbane, Australia. The comet will be visible to the naked eye for the next few days before it disappears into the depths of space for another 8,000 years.

GLONASS Technology to Help Development of Transport Complex

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The Working Group on the implementation of GLONASS technologies discussed the prospects of establishing regional navigation and information systems.

“The creation of regional navigation and information systems (RNIS) is the most important step in a long-term development strategy of the state for the transport complex using GLONASS technology,” General Director of the Institute of Applied Telematics (part SpaceTeam holding) Vitaly Poltoratsky said in his report at a meeting of the working group, chaired by a member of the board of the Military-industrial Commission of the Russian Federation Igor Sheremet.

V.Poltoratsky noted that “RNIS network deployment will greatly improve the management of the transport system, ensure the safety and improve the quality of transport services to the population.”

Eastern Military District Snipers to Test New Weapons in 2015

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Snipers of Eastern Military District during lessons on fire training in 2015 will test new weapons and expand methods to improve professional skills.

This was reported to Tass today by the head of the press service of Eastern Military District Alexander Gordeev.

“The soldiers have already started working out practical actions in the field. It is planned to realize the firing of regular weapons, including the army heavy-caliber sniper rifles ASVK 12.7 mm, which are adopted by sniper units of Eastern Military District mechanized infantry”, Gordeev said.

He explained that the rifle ASVK is designed to defeat lightly armored vehicles, various technical means and manpower of the enemy in the body armor.