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Sentinel-1 Sealed From View And Ready For Launch
2014-04-02 14:19:48

[ Watch The Video: Earth From Space: Special Edition ] ESA As preparations for the launch of the first satellite for Copernicus continue on track, the team at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana has said farewell to Sentinel-1A as it was sealed from view within the rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST) on Thursday. Marking another milestone on the road to launch, the Soyuz rocket has been rolled out and raised on the launch pad. Thursday’s...

Expedition 39 Trio Arrives At The Space Station
2014-03-28 08:04:21

NASA A new trio of Expedition 39 flight engineers has arrived at the International Space Station after a two-day, 34-orbit trip. Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov was at the controls of the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft when it docked automatically to the Poisk docking compartment at 7:53 p.m. EDT. Skvortsov was flanked by Flight Engineers Steve Swanson and Oleg Artemyev during the two day flight. The crew opened the hatches to the station at 10:35 p.m. after a series of leak and pressure...

2014-03-26 16:21:05

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Television will broadcast the arrival of three crew members to the International Space Station beginning at 7 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 27. Their Soyuz spacecraft will dock with the station at 7:58 p.m. Coverage will resume at 10:15 p.m. for hatch opening at 10:40 p.m. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Expedition 39 Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight...

Thruster Malfunction Delays Soyuz Crew From Docking With ISS
2014-03-26 07:24:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A planned dock of the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft to the International Space Station was delayed due to a thruster malfunction on Tuesday.  The Soyuz launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday afternoon and was scheduled to dock six hours later at about 11:07 p.m. EDT. However, the spacecraft was unable to complete its third thruster burn, allowing for a fine-tuned approach to the docking station on the orbiting...

2014-03-25 20:20:13

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three crew members representing the United States and Russia are on their way to the International Space Station after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:17 p.m. EDT Tuesday (3:17 a.m. on March 26 in Baikonur). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The Soyuz capsule carrying Steve Swanson of NASA and Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency...

Roscosmos Launches New Version Of Soyuz Rocket
2013-12-29 07:58:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online After numerous delays earlier in the week, Russia successfully launched the Soyuz-2.1v, an upgraded version of its venerable series of spacecraft, at 16:30 Moscow time (12:30 GMT) on Saturday. According to RIA Novosti, the rocket lifted off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia. The launch had originally been scheduled for Monday, but was delayed repeatedly due to concerns over a possible engine malfunction....

Gaia Ready For Launch
2013-12-18 11:51:38

[ Watch The Video: Gaia: From Launch To Orbit ] ESA ESA’s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars is ‘go’ for launch. The satellite has passed its final checks and is ready to be launched tomorrow from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou. Launch is set for 9:12:19 GMT (10:12:19 CET) and fueling of the Soyuz–Fregat rocket will begin about four hours before. Then the 53 m-high mobile gantry surrounding the vehicle will be removed and the final countdown will begin. After...

Gaia Secured Inside Fairing And Ready For Launch
2013-12-13 12:53:09

ESA ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space. Last week, Gaia was loaded with the propellants it will need to journey to its ‘L2’ destination, a gravitationally stable location 1.5 million km away from Earth, from where it will survey our Milky Way galaxy. After fueling, it was mounted on the Soyuz adapter and added to the Fregat upper stage, which...

UrtheCast Cameras On Board Cargp Ship, Headed To ISS
2013-11-26 18:18:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A Progress 53P cargo ship launched Monday on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), bringing with it two high-quality cameras that will provide a live video feed of Earth. The cargo ship launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Soyuz rocket and is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Friday, November 29. The spacecraft brought along two cameras developed by UrtheCast, a Vancouver-based technology company...

Swarm Constellation Now On Launch Pad
2013-11-18 14:21:08

[ Watch The Video: Swarm Launch: Fairing Opening ] ESA Preparations for Friday’s launch of ESA’s magnetic explorer have reached an important milestone – the constellation is now in the Plesetsk launch tower. The team in northern Russia said farewell to the three Swarm satellites at the weekend as they sealed them from view within the rocket’s fairing, which protects them from the rigors of launch. This marks the culmination of two months of work testing and preparing...


Latest Soyuz programme Reference Libraries

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2011-01-04 21:27:35

Valery Bykovsky was a Soviet cosmonaut who flew three manned space mission space flights: Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, and Soyuz 31. He was born Valery Fyodorovich Bykovsky on August 2, 1934 in Pavlovsky Posad in Moscow. In 1951, he graduated from middle school and entered Kachinsk's Myasnikov High Aviation School. After graduation in 1955, he served with the Soviet Air Force. In 1960, Bykovsky was accepted into the Soviet cosmonaut unit and then underwent the full space preparation course and...

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2010-11-17 15:15:31

Ivan Bella is a Slovak Air Force officer who became the first Slovak citizen to fly in space. He was born on May 25, 1964 in Brezno, Czechoslovakia. He graduated from Banská Bystrica, a military high school, in 1983. He earned his pilot license, and he then went to a Military Aviation University SNP, where he graduated in 1987. In 1993 he was stationed to serve on the 33rd air base flying Mig-21 and Su-22 fighters. Five years later he headed to Russia for space mission training. In August...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

International Space Station -- Continuing on from the United States' Skylab and Russia's Mir, the International Space Station (ISS) represents a permanent human presence in space. The space station is located in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of approximately 386 km, a type of orbit usually termed low Earth orbit. (The actual height varies over time by several kilometres due to atmospheric drag and reboosts.) It is serviced primarily by the Space Shuttle, and Soyuz and Progress...

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