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2008-08-27 21:00:32

BAIKONUR. Aug 27 (Interfax-AVN) - The Canadian Nimiq 4 satellite is due to be launched with a Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome on September 19, a source at the center told Interfax on Wednesday. Specialists at the cleaning area of the 92A-50 integration and testing facility are currently carrying out autonomous checks of the telecommunications satellite. Moreover, calculation experts from Russian space companies are at site N200 for pre-launch preparations of the Proton...

2008-07-26 18:00:15

Text of report in English by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS Plesetsk, Arkhangelsk Region, 26 July: A modernized Soyuz-2 carrier rocket blasted off from Russia's northern Plesetsk spaceport on Saturday [26 July] to take a Kosmos [also Cosmos] military satellite into orbit. The launch took place at 2231 Moscow time (1831 gmt). The launch was postponed for a day on Friday for additional checks in the rocket control system of the 1B modernization stage [its full designation Soyuz-2-1B,...

2008-07-25 21:00:14

PLESETSK, Arkhangelsk region. July 25 (Interfax-AVN) - The launch of a military spacecraft with the aid of a Soyuz 2 rocket has been postponed for twenty-four hours. "The state commission led by Space Troops Commander Maj. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko has decided to postponed the launch of the Soyuz 2 rocket carrier with the spacecraft for 24 hours," Assistant to the Space Troops Commander Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English. Provided by ProQuest...

2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH, UK. July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - Russian budgetary expenditure on space exploration will more than double in 2009, Federal Space Agency Deputy Director Vitaly Davydov told Interfax- AVN at the Farnborough Air Show. "The Finance Ministry has informed us of budgetary allocations planned for the federal space program in 2009. I am glad to say that the allocations will more than double," he said. The agency managed to convey to the government the need for worthy funding of space...

2008-07-14 21:00:09

FARNBOROUGH (UK). July 14 (Interfax-AVN) - The Federal Space Agency has received preliminary orders for about 20 Soyuz rocket launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana and the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan, agency deputy head Vitaly Davydov told Interfax-AVN at the Farnborough Air Show on Monday. "We are in active negotiations with the clients. We hope to agree on up to 20 Soyuz launches in the near future," he said. The agency and the Samara CSKB-Progress are preparing to...

2008-07-01 21:00:15

MOSCOW. July 1 (Interfax-AVN) - A Russian-Ukrainian Zenit-3SL rocket with the U.S. satellite EchoStar XI will be launched in two weeks, a source with the Russian Mission Control Center told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday. "Another launch under the Sea Launch program is slated for July 17," the source said. The five-tonne satellite will replenish the orbital group of the DISH Network Corporation. This will be the third satellite launched under the Sea Launch program for the corporation, which...

2008-06-27 15:01:47

Russia successfully launched a military satellite aboard a Proton-K rocket Friday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Itar-Tass reported. The launch was one of several planned this year to test new space vehicles, officials said.

2008-04-28 16:41:38

PARIS -- Israel's Amos-3 telecommunications satellite was placed successfully into geostationary orbit on Monday aboard the inaugural flight of the Russian-Ukrainian Land Launch system, setting the stage for what satellite-fleet operators hope will be a lively competition between Land Launch -- affiliated with Sea Launch Co. of Long Beach, Calif. -- and Russian Soyuz rockets launched from Europe's equatorial spaceport. Amos-3's owner, Spacecom of Tel Aviv, confirmed that the...

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2007-10-21 09:45:00

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan -- In this remote and rusting town on the barren steppes of Central Asia, the space race and the Sputnik era seem much more than a memory. Rockets still pierce the heavens in a halo of smoke during launches, and engineers and military men still crack open bottles of vodka to celebrate a successful launch. What has changed are the passengers. Nowadays Baikonur embraces the world, from wealthy space tourists to the world's first Malaysian cosmonaut, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor,...

2005-10-08 10:06:17

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian and European teams searched for an experimental mini-spacecraft on the eastern peninsula of Kamchatka on Saturday, a day after the prototype was test-launched from a nuclear submarine thousands of miles away, news reports said. The Demonstrator spacecraft - designed to carry cargo and passengers from the international space station to Earth - was launched from the submarine Borisoglebsk in the Barents Sea on Friday and was reported to have descended toward its target on...


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