Latest Soyuz-FG Stories

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...

2008-10-12 21:00:12

BAIKONUR. Oct 12 (Interfax-AVN) - A Russian launch vehicle, Soyuz- FG, carrying the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, blasted off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, an Interfax-AVN correspondent reported from the launch site. The Soyuz TMA-13 is carrying Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, NASA astronaut Michael Fincke and the sixth space tourist Richard Garriott. "The launch was successful. In about nine minutes the rocket will put the spacecraft into an earth orbit," a spokesman for the Energia...

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...

2008-10-09 21:00:16

BAIKONUR. Oct 9 (Interfax-AVN) - Teams of the Federal Space Agency and the Baikonur space center are attaching the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft to the Soyuz-FG rocket. "The process will take about six hours," a space center source told Interfax-AVN. The spacecraft is being attached to the rocket in a hangar of CSKB Progress (the head designer and manufacturer of Soyuz-FG rockets) with the assistance of representatives of the Energia Aerospace Corporation (the designer of manned spacecraft)....

2008-09-08 21:00:05

BAIKONUR. Sept 8 (Interfax-AVN) - A Soyuz-U rocket with a Progress M-65 spacecraft were mounted on Baikonur's launch pad, a source at the spaceport told Interfax-AVN. The Progress M-65 is due to take off at 11.49 p.m. on September 10. The spacecraft will deliver new space suits for crewmembers of the International Space Station (ISS), fuel required to maintain the ISS orbit, scientific equipment, food, as well as tanks with air and water. (c) 2008 Daily News Bulletin; Moscow - English....

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.

2008-04-12 00:05:00

Russian President Vladimir Putin longs for the Russian Space program to stand out like it once did. In a presentation to the Security Council on the eve of Cosmonauts' Day, Putin urged officials to speed the financing of a brand new cosmodrome in the Far East. Cosmonauts' day is special because it marks the first manned flight into space, when Yuri Gagarin, a military pilot from the Soviet spent 108 minutes in space in 1961. Russia prides itself on having the first manned spaceflight,...

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,...

2006-03-30 04:44:45

By Michael Steen BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Reuters) - Brazil's first astronaut blasted off from earth into a clear blue sky on Thursday with a Russian-U.S. crew bound for the orbiting International Space Station. Marcos Pontes, a 43-year-old Brazilian Air Force pilot, was hunched inside the spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams, both of whom were starting a six-month rotation in space. "Everything is good. Marcos is in space," a Russian...

2005-11-09 03:50:00

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - Europe's first space probe to Venus was launched on Wednesday, on a mission that aims to shed new light on Earth's closest planetary neighbor. From its Space Operations Center in Darmstadt, the European Space Agency said the 1.3 ton "Venus Express" probe had taken off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on board a Soyuz rocket at 0333 GMT on Wednesday, two weeks after its scheduled launch. The Venus Express will travel through space for around 163 days and once captured...

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