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2008-08-22 21:00:20

MOSCOW. Aug 22 (Interfax) - The Canadian Nimiq 4 communication satellite has been brought to Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan for preparation for takeoff with a Proton-M launch vehicle (LV), the press service of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) says. The report posted on the agency website says the satellite will be taken to assembly tower 92-A50. "In the next few days the satellite will be transferred to the clean area and prepared for launch. Experts from the manufacturing...

2008-08-20 09:01:13

Russian rocket sends U.S. telecommunications satellite into orbit MOSCOW, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- A Russian Proton-M rocket early on Tuesday sent a U.S. telecommunications satellite, the Inmarsat-4 F3, into Earth orbit, a spokesman for a Moscow-based producer of space- launch systems said. The rocket was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 2:43 a.m. Moscow time (2243 GMT), said Alexander Bobrenyov, spokesman for the Khrunichev state research and production space center....

2008-08-14 00:00:35

MOSCOW. Aug 13 (Interfax) - The U.S. telecommunication satellite Inmarsat 4F4 will be launched with a Russian Proton-M launch vehicle from Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 2:43 a.m. Moscow time on August 12, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced. A report posted on the agency's website says that planned operations continue at Baikonur to prepare the launch of Proton-M with the Briz-M upper stage which should place Inmarsat 4F3 in orbit. The low-pressure tanks of the...

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2008-07-23 08:45:00

A sky-high agreement between Russia and Europe gave the first official glimpse of a manned spacecraft. Officials say it will one day replace Russia's Soyuz vehicle, and will also allow Europeans to take a role in crew transportation. The reusable ship is designed to carry four people towards the Moon. Some say it is comparable to the United States Ares/Orion system. The new spacecraft is designed to use thrusters to make a soft landing when it returns to Earth, a major change from previous...

2008-07-20 15:00:14

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baykonur (Kazakhstan), 16 July: The discontinuation of military units and the transfer of [Russian] Defence Ministry facilities located at the Baykonur space launch site to enterprises of the Russian space rocket sector will be completed in the autumn of this year. "The transfer of Defence Ministry facilities has begun this month and should be completed in late November 2008," a source at the Baykonur space...

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2008-07-17 09:50:00

The heads of the International Space Station (ISS) agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met at European Space Agency (ESA) Headquarters in Paris on July 17, 2008, to review ISS cooperation. As part of their discussions, they noted the significantly expanded capability that the ISS now provides for on-orbit research and technology development activities and as an engineering test bed for flight systems and operations that are critical to future space exploration...

2008-07-15 21:00:00

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has found a sponsor to build a spacecraft that will bring space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2011, Roscosmos deputy head Vitaly Davydov said. "We do have people willing to buy this spacecraft and to perform this flight," Davydov said at the Farnborough International Airshow. Recently, Roscosmos has had an opportunity to launch one space tourist aboard a three-seat Soyuz spacecraft; however, after the ISS crew increases...

2008-07-11 21:00:07

KOROLYOV (Moscow region). July 11 (Interfax-AVN) - Members of Expedition 17 at the International Space Station (ISS) Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko have returned to the Pirs docking compartment after spending six hours in outer space. "They managed to complete one of their tasks and have now entered the airlock of the Russian ISS segment," a source at Russian Mission Control Center told Interfax-AVN. The purpose of the spacewalk was to inspect and detach one of the five clamp units...

2008-06-30 09:03:14

Russia launches rocket with military satellite MOSCOW, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A Proton-K rocket carrying a Kosmos military satellite was launched from the cosmodrome of Baikonur on Friday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The heavy carrier took off at 03:59 Moscow time (23:59 GMT). Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov watched the launch. The launch was successful, both the information service of the space troops and the Titov spacecraft test and control center said. The...

2008-06-21 21:00:04

MOSCOW. June 21 (Interfax) - The Russian Space Forces actively cooperate with the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) in a bid to protect the Earth from space trash, said deputy commander of the Space Forces Maj. Gen. Vladimir Derkach. Protection of space objects and the Earth "is our today's challenge, and there is a cooperation in this area," Derkach told journalists on Saturday. "Cooperation existed long ago, but was kept in secret, being the issue of the entire...


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.