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2008-07-29 15:00:19

Excerpt from report by corporate-owned Russian Ren TV on 29 July [Presenter] This is the technology of the 21st century for independent access to space. The well-known and much-delayed construction project is nearing completion. How much does the space technology of the future cost? Correspondent Alevtina Polyakova searched for answers inside the space cellar. [Correspondent] This is the sacred part of the cosmodrome's construction site - the Angara launch facility. It will take a future...

2008-07-26 18:00:15

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Plesetsk, Arkhangelsk Region, 26 July: A modernized Soyuz-2 carrier rocket blasted off from Russia's northern Plesetsk spaceport on Saturday [26 July] to take a Kosmos [also Cosmos] military satellite into orbit. The launch took place at 2231 Moscow time (1831 gmt). The launch was postponed for a day on Friday for additional checks in the rocket control system of the 1B modernization stage [its full designation Soyuz-2-1B,...

2008-07-20 15:00:14

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baykonur (Kazakhstan), 16 July: The discontinuation of military units and the transfer of [Russian] Defence Ministry facilities located at the Baykonur space launch site to enterprises of the Russian space rocket sector will be completed in the autumn of this year. "The transfer of Defence Ministry facilities has begun this month and should be completed in late November 2008," a source at the Baykonur space...

2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH (UK). July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - The Federal Space Agency has received preliminary orders for about 20 Soyuz rocket launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, agency deputy head Vitaly Davydov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday. "We are in active negotiations with the clients. We hope to agree on up to 20 Soyuz launches in the near future," he said. The agency and the Samara CSKB-Progress are preparing to...

2008-07-10 21:00:07

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan. July 10 (Interfax-AVN) - An intercontinental ballistic missile was shipped from a Russian Strategic Missile Forces arsenal to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Thursday in order to be converted into a rocket that will launch satellites for Germany, a cosmodrome source said. The space launch vehicle of the Dnepr class into which the RS-20 missile will be converted will put in orbit five remote sensing satellites for Germany's RapidEye space mission during a...

2008-07-10 15:00:44

Interfax-AVN news agency reported on 10 July that a RS-20 (Satan) intercontinental ballistic missile was, on the night of 9 July, dispatched from "one of Russia's Strategic Missile Troops arsenals" to Baykonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan). Citing a source at Baykonur, the agency said that the missile would be converted into a Dnepr launch vehicle for the launch of five German RapidEye spacecraft, which is expected to take place on 13 August. In another report on 10 July Interfax-AVN, again...

2008-07-01 03:00:29

International Launch Services (ILS) has scheduled its next Proton Breeze M commercial mission for August 14 (August 13 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with the launch of the Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite. The satellite is scheduled to be shipped to Baikonur in early July for a six-week launch programme. The satellite, an EADS Astrium Eurostar 3000 model, will weigh approximately 6 metric tons at liftoff, perfectly suited for the Proton Breeze M's lift capability. Khrunichev...

2008-06-27 21:00:32

BAIKONUR. June 27 (Interfax-AVN) - A Proton-K heavy launch vehicle with a DM-3 upper stage has placed a military satellite launched from the Baikonur spaceport earlier on Friday into the target orbit, head of the Russian Space Forces information and public affairs service Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN by phone from Baikonur on Friday. "Combat units of the Space Forces controlled the launch by means of an automatic ground guidance complex," Zolotukhin said. Russian Defense Minister...

2008-06-27 21:00:30

BAIKONUR. June 27 (Interfax-AVN) - A Proton-K heavy launch vehicle carrying a military satellite has taken off from the Baikonur spaceport. "Combat units of the Space Forces are controlling the launch by means of an automatic ground guidance complex," head of the Space Forces' information and public affairs service Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN at the spaceport on Friday. "The separation of the spacecraft is designated for 10.37 a.m. Moscow time," Zolotukhin said. Russian Defense...

2008-06-27 15:01:47

Russia successfully launched a military satellite aboard a Proton-K rocket Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Itar-Tass reported. The launch was one of several planned this year to test new space vehicles, officials said.