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2011-12-30 13:31:23

On Thursday, Russia's deputy prime minister vowed to punish "sleepy" security officials who were caught dozing off in photos taken by bloggers. Blogger Lana Sator said she and her friends were not caught as they roamed around state rocket-maker Energomash's plant on five separate occasions. She posted almost 100 pictures of decrepit-looking hardware from inside an engine-fuel testing tower, the plant's control room and even its roof. Russian media quoted a senior space agency...

Soyuz Successfully Takes Satellite System To Orbit
2011-12-29 04:54:19

A Russian Soyuz rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, successfully carrying the Globalstar system into orbit. The vehicle saw triumph after the Soyuz line faced a malfunction last Friday when launching from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia. "These satellites were flawlessly placed exactly where we needed them so that our ground stations could find them on the very first pass," Tony Navarra, Globalstar's president of global operations said in a...

Another Soyuz Launch Fails, Communications Satellite Lost
2011-12-24 06:03:16

The Russian space program suffered yet another setback on Friday after a Soyuz-2 vehicle failed to put a communications satellite into orbit, resulting in debris from the probe crashing back to Earth in a Siberian town located roughly 1,400 miles from Moscow. According to BBC News Science Correspondent Jonathan Amos, the Soyuz 2.1b (described by Amos as the most modern form of the venerable Russian spaceship) launched at 16:08 Moscow time from the Plesetsk spaceport in northern Russia....

New Space Station Expedition Crew Launches From Russia
2011-12-21 09:37:06

[ Watch the Video ] A three man crew blasted off from Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on Wednesday morning bound for the International Space Station. NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers launched at 7:16 p.m. local time. They will be docking with the International Space Station on Friday at 9:22 a.m., joining Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov...

Russian Probe To Crash Back To Earth Next Month
2011-12-20 05:35:54

Russia´s space agency said on Friday that its Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was originally bound for a moon of Mars but has been stranded in orbit since November, will instead fall back to Earth next month. Most of the toxic fuel and radioactive material onboard the unmanned spacecraft are expected to burn up on re-entry, but 20-30 fragments of the probe will survive to the surface, the space agency (Roscosmos) warned. Current estimates for the timing of the fall are between...

New Crew To Spend Christmas On The Space Station
2011-12-19 14:53:59

The crew aboard the International Space Station will be welcoming three new crew members just in time for the holidays. NASA said that Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers are set to launch aboard a Soyuz spacecraft on Wednesday. The three-man crew will dock with the Rassvet module of the ISS on Friday, December 23. The space agency said that crew will join station Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and...

Russia Blames HAARP Transmitter For Phobos-Grunt Failure
2011-12-15 12:32:37

After abandoning efforts to save its Martian moon probe, Phobos-Grunt, that has been stranded in Earth´s orbit since early November, Russia is now focusing on where the blame lies for the expensive mishap. The accused: Alaska´s High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitter. Phobos-Grunt, now considered a 7.5 ton heap of space debris, is expected to plunge back to Earth around January 9, two months after it became stranded, according to Russian space agency,...

ESA Attempting Again To Contact Russia’s Failed Mars Probe
2011-12-13 12:15:02

After previously announcing that efforts to contact Russia´s stranded Phobos-Grunt Mars probe had been abandoned, the European Space Agency (ESA) is now saying that two more attempts will be tried in hopes of allowing a controlled reentry. The attempts will be performed by ESA´s 15-meter antenna in Maspalomas, a station in the  Canary Islands´ Gran Canaria. “We will make two more attempts on Tuesday on a request from the Russian side,” Rene Pichel said....

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2011-12-03 08:03:02

European Space Agency (ESA) efforts to contact the stranded Phobos-Grunt probe have been abandoned, the organization has announced. The probe, which was scheduled to head to the largest of Mars' two moons on a roughly 2.5 year mission, was stranded in Earth's orbit shortly after its November 9 launch. Last week, both the ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) were able to briefly re-establish contact with Phobos-Grunt, but further attempts to send commands to the probe have...

Russian President Mulls Criminal Charges For Space Failures
2011-11-28 06:35:19

A series of failed Russian space missions has impelled Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to contemplate bringing criminal charges against space officials responsible for the embarrassing failures. Medvedev warned that space officials could face stiff fines and possible criminal penalties. “The latest failures [in the space industry] seriously harm Russia´s competitiveness,” he told the RIA Novosti news agency. “This means that we need to conduct a serious analysis...


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