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2009-05-23 06:55:00

Russia is making preparations to separate its components of the International Space Station (ISS) and fly them away when the rest of the station de-orbits.  A BBC News report cited Russian officials who said they plan to keep their ISS modules in orbit for another ten years. Although ISS partner nations are hopeful they will be able to extend funding for the project beyond the current deadline of 2015, observers agree that most of the ISS will have to be cancelled by 2020. Russia's plans...

2009-05-16 15:20:16

A Proton-M rocket carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite was launched from the Baikonur space center Saturday, the Russian space agency said. The launch of the Proton-M rocket fitted with a Breeze-M booster and carrying a ProtoStar-2 telecommunication satellite went ahead at the scheduled time, a Roscosmos spokesperson was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. The Russian news service said the Proton-M rocket launch is the fourth this year carried out by International Launch Services...

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2009-05-13 13:20:03

Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday that the country will charge U.S. astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space tourists, Reuters reported. Much like NASA's own shuttle fleet, Russia's Soyuz capsule will soon be retired after nearly 3 decades in service. However, a replacement for its space shuttle is not due until at least 2014. Interfax quoted Anatoly Perminov head of Russian space agency...

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2009-05-12 10:25:17

Since the inception of NASA, the space agency has designed all of its own rockets, spacecrafts and orbiters. However, after nearly half a century it has finally approved the outsourcing of equipment enabling manned space missions to private contractors. NASA Administrator Chris Scolese told a congressional subcommittee last week that the agency intends to provide $150 million in stimulus-package money to private companies that design, build and service their own rockets and crew capsules....

2009-04-08 02:44:00

Simonyi Made History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer VIENNA, Va., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, today announced that its client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully landed in the Kazakhstan steppes after a visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Simonyi returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft with Expedition 18 crewmembers Michael Fincke and Yuri Lonchokov,...

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2009-04-07 10:15:00

The federal space agency, Roscosmos, chose RSC Energia on Monday to develop its next-generation Russian manned spacecraft, BBC News reported. The new spacecraft will be able to hold a six-cosmonaut crew in low-Earth orbit. The three-seat Soyuz capsule, which has carried Russian cosmonauts into orbit for more than four decades, will be retired once the new ship is constructed. Energia also built the first Soyuz capsules in the late 1960s. The new ship will also have a variant for missions to...

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2009-04-04 07:55:00

The Russian space agency is set to announce development plans on Monday for a next-generation manned spacecraft.Roscosmos is expected to name the ship's primary developer, which has competed to win government money for the project.  The new spacecraft should become operational towards the end of the next decade, and will replace the esteemed Soyuz capsule, the three-seat craft that has carried Russian cosmonauts into orbit for some forty years.Although Roscosmos has not publicly...

2009-03-19 08:00:00

Simonyi Makes History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer VIENNA, Va., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In preparation for his March 26 launch, Charles Simonyi has outlined the mission objectives he hopes to achieve during his second visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Simonyi is the seventh orbital client for Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace. Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming...

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2009-03-17 07:05:00

The Russian space program is looking to send a rocket carrying cosmonauts to the moon by 2018, BBC News reported. The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) reported that the future rocket would be able to transport a payload three times heavier than Russia's veteran Soyuz spacecraft, including twice the number of crew, and use environmentally friendly propellants. The unnamed rocket project should carry its first manned spacecraft in 2018, Russian space officials said. They hope to coincide its...

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2009-03-09 13:47:12

NASA Television will air the launch of the next residents of the International Space Station and the return of the current station crew. Coverage begins with a broadcast of prelaunch activities March 11 and continues through the landing of the current station crew on April 7. Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Barratt and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, a U.S. citizen, are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft to the station from...


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