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2011-10-29 15:11:00

A Russian freighter bound for the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to launch early Sunday morning, marking that country's first scheduled flight since they were postponed win the wake of a failed liftoff attempt on August 24. According to Irene Klotz of Reuters, the Roscosmos Progress cargo ship is scheduled to depart from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:11 a.m. Eastern time. It was a similar vessel that suffered an upper-stage rocket failure previously, and as the...

NASA To Pay $450 Million Extra Per Year For Russian Soyuz Rides
2011-10-21 10:45:56

NASA's deputy administrator said on Thursday that the U.S. will spend $450 million for the extra year of buying rides aboard Russia's Soyuz rockets. NASA is now dependent on Russia to take its astronauts to the International Space Station since it retired its space shuttle program this summer. Russia charges over $50 million per person for a ride aboard its Soyuz rocket.  However, despite the seemingly high cost paid to the Russians, NASA said on its website that it spent about...

Bigelow Aerospace Announces Lay-Offs
2011-10-20 11:23:40

Bigelow Aerospace announced on Wednesday that it has laid off half its staff because of the delays in developing space taxis, Reuters reports. The company, founded by hotel entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, hoped to send its inflatable habitats for commercial and government lease to space.  Bigelow believed space taxis would be available as early as 2015, but it seems those spacecraft are on track to not appear into space until at least 2016. Until space taxis become available, NASA...

Delayed Soyuz Launches Galileo Satellites
2011-10-21 08:09:28

[ Watch the Video ] Europe´s first two satellites for its Galileo global positioning system were launched Friday from French Guiana aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. The launch of the Soyuz rocket from French Guiana also marks the first time the Russian rocket has launched from outside the former Soviet Union. The rocket lifted off at 7:30 a.m. local time from the base near Kourou, French Guiana, on the northeastern coast of South America. The Galileo navigational satellites were...

Russian Wants To Build Colony On The Moon
2011-10-19 10:38:57

A Russian cosmonaut said on Tuesday that it may be setting up a colony in volcanic tunnels on the moon. The cosmonaut said the discovery of volcanic tunnels on the moon could provide a natural shelter for the first lunar colony. "This new discovery that the moon may be a rather porous body could significantly alter our approach to founding lunar bases," Sergei Krikalyov, who heads Russia's Star City cosmonaut training center outside Moscow, said at a press event. "If it turns out that...

Russia Asked To Join Joint ESA, NASA Mars Mission
2011-10-16 04:23:19

The European Space Agency (ESA) has formally invited Russia to participate in a pair of space missions in 2016 and 2018, various media outlets reported late last week. According to Space News reporter Peter B. de Selding, ESA Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain confirmed on Thursday that the organization had written to ask Roscosmos, the country's national space agency, to join the ExoMars project as a third partner alongside the ESA and NASA. The agency is hoping that Roscosmos will...

Russian Space Chief Says There Are No Flaws In Soyuz Rockets
2011-10-07 11:29:07

Russian Space Agency head Vladimir Popovkin said on Friday that inspectors have found no flaws in their Soyuz rockets, reports the Associated Press. Soyuz had been postponed pending the outcome of a probe influenced by a rocket crashing in August. The Soyuz was just the latest of many launch failures the Russian space agency has endured in the past year, including a military satellite lost in February and three navigation satellites launched in December. Popovkin said a check of 18...

Manned Soyuz Launch Delayed Until November
2011-09-14 09:20:39

  Russia´s space agency (Roscosmos) said Tuesday that it is postponing the launch of its next manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) until November 12, only days before the remaining ISS astronauts are due to return to Earth. The mission was already delayed once, moving back from September 22 to late October, due to the August 24 crash of the agency´s unmanned Progress cargo vessel after a Soyuz rocket suffered a malfunction. That accident was...

Russia To Return Space Station Crew This Week
2011-09-13 04:58:40

  Russia will return half of the crew members on board the International Space Station (ISS) later this week, although there are no immediate plans to send up their replacement, a Russian Mission Control Center official told RIA Novosti on Monday. Two Russians and one NASA astronaut will return on board a Russian Soyuz TMA-21 capsule early Friday, and are expected to land in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0038 GMT, the official said.   This will leave just three...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.