Category Archives: Space Industry News

Express-AM7 Satellite Delivered to Launching Pad

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The Express-AM7 telecommunications satellite scheduled for launch on March 19 was installed on a launching pad after fuelling of the upper stage. This was announced by the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos.

The space rocket consisting of the Proton-M carrier rocket, Briz-M upper stage and Express-AM7 telecommunications satellite was set up vertically on a launching device of the Proton launching complex.

It should be noted that the Express-AM7 spacecraft was designed by EADS Astrium for the Russian Space Communications company. It is intended to provide television and radio broadcasting services, wideband communication and multimedia services, data transmission, telephony, and mobile communications.

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Russia to Develop New Angara Rocket for Lunar Missions

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Russia’s new Angara-A5 carrier rocket could be modified for future flights to the Moon. This was announced by the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos on Thursday.

“We recommend that the Khrunichev Space Center (manufacturer of the Angara-5) and the Energiya Space Corporation develop a draft design of the Angara-A5V carrier rocket for possible use with prospective space freighters and manned spacecraft in future flights to the Moon,” the Scientific and Technical Council of the Federal Space Agency said in a statement following a meeting with officials from space companies on development of prospective carrier rockets.

“The Angara-A5V carrier rocket capable of placing 35 tons into orbit is the development of an existing family of the Russian Angara rockets. It can be used to optimize government expenditures during implementation of the ambitious projects in the foreseeable future,” Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council Yury Koptev said.

New Spaceport to Be Retooled with World-class Ground-Based Equipment

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The company “Russian Space Systems”, which is engaged in the construction of complex for measurement and processing of information for cosmodrome Vostochny (Amur region), use a unique design, Russian Space Systems CEO Andrey Tyulin said.

“During the construction of the complex of measurement means, we used the entire world experience. In fact, there are shown the world’s best technologies,” A.Tyulin said to TV channel “Russia 24” on Thursday.

According to CEO of Russian Space Systems, on the Vostochny for the first time all systems will be deployed in the same data center.

“At Baikonur the equipment is scattered around the sites. If you were in Baikonur, you’ve seen these stations, antennas scattered around the spaceport. Here we have a completely new design and, in fact, all the system was placed in one computer center, which accumulates the processed information. It is, in fact, a unique complex,” he said.

ISS Use More Than 600 Devices Developed by Russian Space Systems

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ISS employs more than 600 devices manufactured by the company “Russian Space Systems”, which collect information on the state of the apparatus and the astronauts, Russian Space Systems CEO Andrey Tyulin said.

“The station has more than 19 systems developed by our group, and more than 600 devices that are working online every day, every minute, send information to the Earth at MCC for monitoring and decision-making on the situation at the station,” A. Tyulin said to TV channel “Russia 24” on Thursday.

The devices of Russian Space Systems are not only in suits of the astronauts, but also at the station. Their mission is to collect information about the experiments, the health of the crew, to monitor the situation in orbit. The collected information allow us to understand the human condition in a confined space, his work in a team to prepare new projects of the industry: exploration of the Moon and manned space flight, said the head of the Russian Space Systems.

Russia’s Express-A No. 2 Satellite Continues Operating in Orbit

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The Express-A No. 2 telecommunications satellite which was designed and manufactured by ISS Reshetnev Company has been operating for 15 years in orbit. The Express-A No. 2 satellite was designed with a 5-year active lifetime to provide communications, television and radio broadcasting, data transmission and Internet access services. As of today, this satellite continues carrying out its mission in orbit.

It should be noted that the Express-A No. 2 satellite was built on the basis of a unified pressurized platform developed by ISS Reshetnev Company. The payload consisting of 12 active C-band and 5 active Ku-band transponders was provided by Alcatel Espace.

The Express-A No. 2 has become the first geostationary satellite produced by ISS Reshetnev Company to reach a 15-year milestone of operation. This achievement proves the effectiveness of engineering solutions implemented in the Express-A No. 2 satellite construction project.

US-Russian Crew of Soyuz TMA-14M Successfully Landed in Kazakh Steppe

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Soyuz TMA-14M with the international crew – Russian Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova and American Barry Wilmore landed safely in the Kazakh steppe, the correspondent of “Interfax-AVN” reports from Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC).

At the last minute of flight the capsule with the astronauts was seen by aerial and ground search and rescue teams.

“Landing is completed,” the inscription was highlighted on the big screen in the hall of the Mission Control Center. The report on the successful landing of astronauts has been applauded in MCC.

The astronauts, returned to Earth, will be inspected by the doctors, after that they will be transported by special plane to Moscow, Star City.

The astronauts feel good, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.

Central Military District Rescuers Arrived in Kazakhstan to Meet Crew of Soyuz TMA-14M

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Search-and-rescue team of the Central Military District on Saturday arrived in Kazakhstan for a meeting of the Russian-American crew of “Soyuz TMA-14M”, who is completing its work in orbit, Central Military District reports.

The landing in the descent module will be made by Russian cosmonauts Elena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev and US astronaut Barry Wilmore, who have spent in orbit about 170 days.

Their search and evacuation will be provided by operational teams on ATVs and specially equipped helicopters. The search and rescue of Soyuz landing will be attended by about 200 military men, 14 helicopters Mi-8, three aircraft An-12 and An-26, six amphibian vehicles, the release states.

Kourou Preparing Launch of Soyuz

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French Guiana started preparations for the launch of the carrier rocket “Soyuz”.

As it was told to TASS at the company Arianespace, which is responsible for launching from Kourou, it has been completed installation of the four side accelerators for the first stage of the rocket. They were attached to the central unit “A”, which represents the second stage.

“After the installation of all three stages, the rocket will be placed into a launching pad for passing the final test systems,” Arianespace noted.

The launch of “Soyuz” from Kourou is scheduled for March 27.

Two satellites of the European navigation system “Galileo” will be on board of the Russian carrier rocket.

Robotic Android to Be Sent to ISS

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Russian scientists in the near future plan to send a domestic robot android on the International Space Station (ISS), the chief of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Yuri Lonchakov.

“In robotics we have a very large program. This is one of the important directions of research laboratory that we have created together with Computing Centre under the Russian Academy of Sciences. The development involves many astronauts. So the robot will be necessarily registered at the Russian space station,” RIA Novosti quoted Lonchakov. According to Lonchakov, machines can perform in space the most complex and dangerous operations.

“The Canadian robotic arm perfectly proved himself at ISS. But the machine will never completely replace the human being. It has a property – the break. A person can even beyond its capacity implement the operation. But the union of capabilities of the robot and the human being could give fantastic results,” the head of the Cosmonaut Training Center concluded.

Jetpack to Be Produced for Astronauts

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NPP “Zvezda” in March will make a demonstration “jetpack” for astronauts.

This was announced today to TASS by the company CEO Sergei Pozdnyakov. “We are currently completing work on making a demonstrator and expect that in March it would be ready to carry out tests on a special stand,” Pozdnyakov said.

He explained that after the test, the demonstrator is scheduled to be presented to the representatives of Roscosmos, the Cosmonaut Training Center, RSC “Energia” and other interested organizations. “The next step is producing of prototypes,” the official said. According to him, this will require a different level of funding.

Proactive development work on the “knapsack” started last year. The device is created by analogy with the American system SAFER (Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue) and is intended for the automatic return of astronauts who went on a dangerous distance from the space station. The American system uses a manual control.