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2010-03-15 08:11:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, and Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), along with Aerojet's Russian partner, SNTK, announced today that a series of NK-33 rocket engine tests conducted in Samara, Russia were successfully completed in support of the development of Orbital's Taurus® II space launch vehicle. The purpose of the extended-time testing of the NK-33 engine, on which the AJ26 first-stage engine for the...

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2010-02-15 15:04:02

Interfax news agency reported on Friday that the first launch of a Russian space rocket from a site has been delayed. A modified Soyuz cargo ship has been expected to lift off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana by the end of this year.  Its closeness to the equator means that not as much fuel is needed to reach a geostationary orbit, as apposed to the amount needed to launch from Russia's Baikonur site in Kazakhstan. The new cargo ship can carry up to 3 tons of payload into orbit,...

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2009-11-08 06:37:40

A Russian rocket will next year for the first time blast off from a European launch pad in South America, officials said Saturday, as the first rockets headed for the site on board a ship. Two Russian Soyuz rockets bound for the French seas left late Saturday. They will arrive 15 days later ahead of the first planned launches next year of Soyuz rockets from France's launch site in French Guiana. Arianespace Jean-Yves Le Gall, chief executive of French aerospace, told AFP, "We are in line for...

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2009-09-28 13:30:00

The founder of Cirque du Soleil along with two other astronauts prepared for launch to the International Space Station on Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. Russian space agency officials readied the launch vehicle at the Gagarin's Start launch pad, where the Yuri Gagarin set off to become the first man in orbital space in 1961. Guy Laliberte, 50, spent about $35 million to reserve his spot on the Soyuz. He will spend 12 days aboard the orbiting outpost, and is expected to be the last...

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2009-06-18 06:48:39

Activity is continuing at the Guiana Space Centre (Centre Spatial Guyanais "“ CSG), Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, as the Soyuz launch site takes shape. Soyuz is a medium-class launcher and its performance will perfectly complement that of the other ESA launchers, Ariane and Vega. On the spaceport's new launch pad, the infrastructure that maintains Soyuz in its erected position prior to launch is being completed. In the nearby launcher assembly and testing building...

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2009-05-29 06:35:00

NASA has signed a $306 million modification to the current International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation and related services in 2012 and 2013. The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support, including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew rescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for six individual station crew members. Space station crew members will launch on four Soyuz vehicles: two in spring...

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2009-05-21 15:55:00

Construction has been completed on the first Russian Soyuz rockets scheduled to launch from South America, Russian Soyuz maker reported Thursday. "The first two rockets are ready. They have got through all the tests and have been placed in the containers in which they will be delivered," a report by ITAR-TASS quoted Sergei Tyulevin, the deputy head of TsSKB-Progress, as saying. The updated Soyuz-ST rockets will be delivered in September, and will launch December 28 from French Guiana, a...

2008-10-12 21:00:12

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - The Russian spacecraft Soyuz TMA-13, carrying the crew of the 18th main expedition and the sixth space tourist to the International Space Station, has been put into earth orbit. "The spacecraft has started its two-day journey to the ISS," a spokesman for the Energia corporation told Interfax-AVN at Baikonur on Sunday. The crew comprises Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and the sixth space tourist Richard Garriott. The Soyuz...

2008-09-20 15:00:36

The Russian space agency will launch 10 carrier rockets at a French facility under a new contract with a French company, officials said Saturday. Arianespace Chairman Jean-Yves Le Gall said the deal his French satellite launch firm signed Saturday with the Russian Federal Space Agency will allow the Russians to use its facilities in French Guiana for Soyuz-ST carrier rocket launches, RIA Novosti reported. "The contract envisions the purchase of 10 Soyuz carrier rockets to be launched from...

2008-08-30 09:00:50

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Baykonur [Kazakhstan], 28 August: It is planned to launch six Proton booster rockets from the Baykonur space centre before the end of 2008, Interfax was informed by a source at the centre on Thursday [28 August]. According to the agency's informant, three of the forthcoming Proton launches would carry Russian payloads, and three would carry commercial telecommunications satellites. In September, it is...


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