Latest Baikonur Cosmodrome Stories

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.

2008-06-16 14:45:00

Officials in Kazakhstan announced on Monday that its only communications satellite is currently out of control due to a computer glitch.Launched in June 2006, the Russian-built KazSat-1 was the first of four satellites the country hoped to put into orbit by 2020 to establish the Central Asian country as a global space power.Many television broadcasters in the country relied on KazSat-1 to receive communications, but the space agency is not optimistic about the livelihood of its...

2008-04-12 00:05:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin longs for the Russian Space program to stand out like it once did. In a presentation to the Security Council on the eve of Cosmonauts' Day, Putin urged officials to speed the financing of a brand new cosmodrome in the Far East. Cosmonauts' day is special because it marks the first manned flight into space, when Yuri Gagarin, a military pilot from the Soviet spent 108 minutes in space in 1961. Russia prides itself on having the first manned spaceflight,...

2008-04-08 09:40:00

At 5:16 pm (11:16 am GMT) on Tuesday, the first Korean was launched into space on a Russian Soyuz TMA-12 spaceship. The launch took place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the world's oldest space launch pad. This mission, the 17th International Space Station venture, is comprised of three cosmonauts: Commander Sergei Volkov, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, and Yi So-yeon, the nanotechnology engineer from South Korea. The 29-year-old woman was scheduled as the backup astronaut for the...

2007-10-21 09:45:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- In this remote and rusting town on the barren steppes of Central Asia, the space race and the Sputnik era seem much more than a memory. Rockets still pierce the heavens in a halo of smoke during launches, and engineers and military men still crack open bottles of vodka to celebrate a successful launch. What has changed are the passengers. Nowadays Baikonur embraces the world, from wealthy space tourists to the world's first Malaysian cosmonaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor,...

2007-04-07 14:40:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- A Russian rocket carrying the American billionaire who helped develop Microsoft Word blasted off late Saturday from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the international space station. The Soyuz rocket, which also carried two cosmonauts, roared into overcast nighttime skies over the bleak Kazakh steppes, bathing the launch pad and dozens of officials and well-wishers a mile away in a glow of flame as it rose vertically then turned downrange. Charles Simonyi, a...

2006-07-26 16:36:38

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian Dnepr rocket carrying satellites crashed shortly after take-off late on Wednesday from the Kazakh launch pad of Baikonur, Russian media reported. RIA Novosti said the first and second stages of the rocket failed to separate correctly after 86 seconds of flight, causing the Dnepr -- a converted intercontinental missile -- to crash. "No harm was caused to the villages in the surrounding areas," Yuri Nosenko, deputy head of Russia's space agency, told...

2006-06-17 20:15:00

By Maria Golovnina BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan -- The former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan launched its first communications satellite into orbit on Sunday, joining the club of world space powers. Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to witness the launch of the unmanned, Russian-built KazSat 1 as the sun rose over the barren steppe surrounding the Baikonur Cosmodrome in western Kazakhstan. The $65 million satellite is part of Nazarbayev's wider...

2005-12-21 18:05:44

MOSCOW -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying supplies and Christmas gifts for the crew of the international space station blasted off Wednesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, a spokesman said. The Progress M-55 was launched at 9:39 p.m. (1:39 p.m. EST), according to a duty officer with the Federal Space Agency who was not authorized to give his name. In addition to 2.8 tons of food, water, books, DVDs and scientific equipment, the ship is also bringing cosmonaut Valery...

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