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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...

2008-08-14 00:00:35

MOSCOW. Aug 13 (Interfax) - The U.S. telecommunication satellite Inmarsat 4F4 will be launched with a Russian Proton-M launch vehicle from Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 2:43 a.m. Moscow time on August 12, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced. A report posted on the agency's website says that planned operations continue at Baikonur to prepare the launch of Proton-M with the Briz-M upper stage which should place Inmarsat 4F3 in orbit. The low-pressure tanks of the...

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...

2008-07-20 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...

2008-07-10 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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...


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