Latest Russian Federal Space Agency Stories

2009-03-06 06:50:00

Software mogul Charles Simonyi told reporters on Thursday that he pays no mind to the additional $10 million he will pay to Russia for his upcoming journey into space. Simonyi, who earned his wealth as the head of Microsoft's application software group, is expected to spend 11 days on his journey from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. He spent $25 million on his first space trip in April 2007, but since then the price has risen to $35 million. "It's money that...

2009-02-13 15:45:00

In an unprecendented event, two satellites collided on Tuesday, creating thousands of pieces of potentially dangerous space debris. A US commercially-owned satellite collided with a crippled Russian military satellite in low-earth orbit. The commercial satellite was owned by Bethseda, Maryland-based Iridium Satellite LLC, which characterized the event as "extremely unusual." "We believe it's the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit," said Air Force Colonel Les Kodlick from...

2009-02-05 19:47:27

Russia's leading spacecraft maker RSC Energia said an agreement has been reached to continue using the International Space Station until 2020. Vitaly Lopota, president of the company, said Russia, the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Space Agency have reached a verbal agreement to extend the use of the orbiter, RIA Novosti reported Thursday. Previously, the United States had said ISS missions would end in 2015. Lopota said 39 space launches are planned for this year, up from 27...

2008-12-03 09:55:19

The U.S. and Russian space agencies said they've signed a $141 million modification of their International Space Station contract, extending it into 2012. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Russian Federal Space Agency said the fixed-price crew transportation services contract extension covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue and landing of a long-duration mission for three station crew members.

2008-11-18 09:05:00

Nations around the world will join together to mark a milestone in space exploration this week, celebrating the 10th birthday of a unique research laboratory, the International Space Station. Now the largest spacecraft ever built, the orbital assembly of the space station began with the launch from Kazakhstan of its first bus-sized component, Zarya, on Nov. 20, 1998. The launch began an international construction project of unprecedented complexity and sophistication. The station is a venture...

2008-10-21 11:25:00

Russia is willing to spend billions of dollars in the next three years to strengthen their lead in the space industry, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday. The ex-president stated at a government meeting that Russia, which is responsible for 40 percent of all space launches, will allocate approximately 200 billion roubles from the federal budget for expansion of the competitive space industry. Russia's Soyuz spacecraft and Progress cargo vehicles are the major components...

2008-10-12 21:00:04

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle took off without a hitch, the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13 was placed in orbit, all its systems are functioning properly and crewmembers feel well, the state commission at Baikonur space center announced on Sunday. Flight control in Korolyov outside Moscow assumed control over the spacecraft. "I thank everyone for the good work relating to the takeoff and request you to prepare for the docking of the spacecraft with the...

2008-10-11 15:00:10

Plans to add crew members to the International Space Station might be delayed, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Saturday. RIA Novosti reported the space agency is considering a boost the number of astronauts on the space station from three to six in 2009. "I doubt that the ISS crew will be increased to six people from next year because the final decision has not been taken yet," Roscosmos head Anatoly Perminov said. "All countries participating in the ISS program have...

2008-09-30 21:00:12

MOSCOW. Sept 30 (Interfax-AVN) - South Korea has yet to decide on the date of the launching its second astronaut to space with Russia's assistance, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told journalists on Tuesday. "We will continue to contact with Russia on the launch of our second astronaut into space," Lee said, noting that it has yet to be decided when an astronaut will be launched. "We are not discussing this issue today," head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Anatoly...

2008-09-29 21:00:04

MOSCOW. Sept 29 (Interfax) - Russian mission control in Korolyov near Moscow will adjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday. "The orbit will be adjusted after the engines of the space freighter Progress M-65 are fired," a Mission Control spokesman told Interfax. The adjustment is to begin at 3:59 p.m., Moscow time, and is to last for some 12 minutes, he said. The Progress M-65 docked with the ISS on September 18, bringing along 2.5 tonnes of various cargo,...

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