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2008-08-27 21:00:32

BAIKONUR. Aug 27 (Interfax-AVN) - The Canadian Nimiq 4 satellite is due to be launched with a Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome on September 19, a source at the center told Interfax on Wednesday. Specialists at the cleaning area of the 92A-50 integration and testing facility are currently carrying out autonomous checks of the telecommunications satellite. Moreover, calculation experts from Russian space companies are at site N200 for pre-launch preparations of the Proton...

2008-08-19 09:00:56

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Moscow, 19 August: Russia's Proton-M booster with British satellite Inmarsat 4F3 has been launched from the Baykonur cosmodrome, the secretary of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre, Aleksandr Bobrenev, told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday [19 August]. "Proton-M with the Briz-M upper stage and Inmarsat 4F3 satellite was launched from Baykonur at 0243 Moscow time [2243 gmt 18 August]," he said. Originally...

2008-08-19 06:00:50

A Proton Breeze M launch vehicle successfully lifted the Inmarsat-4 F3 satellite into orbit today, marking the third mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS). The Proton Breeze M vehicle, built by Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow, lifted off from Pad 39 at the cosmodrome at 4:43 today local time (18:43 EDT Monday, 22:43 GMT Monday). After a 9-hour-3-minute mission, the launcher released the satellite into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. The Inmarsat-4 F3...

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...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.