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2010-12-13 11:15:00

Interfax reported that Russia's space agency had delayed the launch of a European satellite after a rocket crashed off the coast of Hawaii last weekend. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement on Friday that initial preparations for the European satellite launch were "on schedule" but that the launch date would be set after the investigation. The agency said that the Proton rocket could fly again in the last week of December after investigators have cleared the rocket from...

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2010-12-06 05:45:00

Officials said that three Russian navigation satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean off of Hawaii on Sunday after the rocket that was carrying them failed to reach orbit. A Russian space agency official told RIA-Novosti news agency said the capsule carrying the three Glonass satellites plummeted into the ocean 900 miles off Honolulu. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said he expects the strategic significance of developing the Glonass system to rival the United State's Global Position...

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2010-11-26 08:05:00

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian cosmonaut and a pair of American astronauts safely touched down near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan late Thursday evening. The three-person crew--Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker of NASA--landed at 11:46pm EST (10:46am on Friday, in local time) following a five-month stay on board the International Space Station (ISS). With Yurchikhin at the helm, the trio departed from the ISS at...

2010-11-25 22:59:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft on the Kazakhstan steppe Thursday, wrapping up a five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Russian cosmonaut Yurchikhin, the Soyuz commander, was at the controls of the spacecraft as it undocked at 8:23 p.m. EST from the station's Rassvet...

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2010-11-15 12:39:01

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said that they have successfully launched a U.S. satellite carrying the biggest commercial antenna reflector ever put in space. The 72-feet antenna on the Skyterra-1 spacecraft will relay signals for a new 4G-LTE mobile phone and data system for North America run by Lightsquared. Callers whose networks are tied into the system will automatically be switched to a satellite if they are out of range of from the towers on the ground. Lightsquared...

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2010-10-26 09:30:00

Officials with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) ordered the International Space Station (ISS) to change course in order to avoid a collision with floating space debris, various media outlets reported Tuesday morning. "A decision has been taken to correct the flight orbit of the ISS," a spokesperson representing the mission control center near Moscow told the RIA Novosti news agency, according to AFP. "The engines will be switched on at 1425 Moscow time (1025 GMT)." By firing the...

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2010-10-25 05:45:00

Russia marked the 50th anniversary of the worst space catastrophe in history on Sunday, remembering the day when 126 people were burned alive when a prototype rocket exploded on the launch pad before a scheduled launch. According the the AFP news agency, the accident happened October 24, 1960 at the Baikonur cosmodrome, located in the desert steppes of Kazakhstan. The Soviet Union was locked in a heated space race with the United States and had been developing an intercontinental ballistic...

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2010-10-19 12:00:00

The International Space Station Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) has approved a docking system standard. The international standard will provide guidelines for a common interface to link future spacecraft ranging from crewed to autonomous vehicles and from low-Earth orbit to deep-space exploration missions. The interface definition document is available at: http://www.internationaldockingstandard.com The MCB consists of senior representatives from NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency;...

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2010-10-11 06:00:00

A Russian Soyuz space capsule arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday carrying two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut who will oversee the completion of the orbital station's construction. The Soyuz ship docked to the station at 8:01 p.m. EDT (4:01 a.m. Moscow time), two days after launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Aboard the capsule were veteran cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri, first-timer Oleg Skripochka and NASA's Scott Kelly, a two-time space shuttle...

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2010-10-06 05:25:00

The Russian Soyuz chief constructor said on Tuesday that the spacecraft set to launch in December has suffered damage to its container during transit.  Vitaly Lopota, the president of the Energia spaceship factory, told the Interfax news agency that engineers spotted damage to the Soyuz TMA-20's transport container after it was shipped by rail to the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. "When we put the ship on a stand to check it over before the launch, we discovered damage, but to the...


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