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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...

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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...

2008-07-14 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...

2008-07-11 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...

2008-07-11 09:00:05

By Marcia Dunn Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- In a daring spacewalk, two space station astronauts cut into the insulation of their descent capsule Thursday and removed an explosive bolt that could have blown off their hands with firecracker force. Spacewalkers Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko managed, in the end, to safely disconnect the bolt from the Soyuz capsule that will be their ride home this fall. They immediately slid it into a blast- proof container. "It is in," one of...

2008-07-11 00:05:00

International Space Station Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko wrapped up a 6-hour, 18-minute spacewalk at 9:06 p.m. EDT Thursday. They inspected their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft and retrieved a pyro bolt from it. The spacewalk comes in the wake of ballistic entries by the two most recent Soyuz spacecraft, entries that while safe resulted in high-G rides for the crews and landings hundreds of miles short of the planned recovery area. Russian engineers say they have...

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2008-07-10 17:25:00

Russian astronauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko faced an unprecedented mission on Thursday: cutting into the insulation of their descent capsule to remove a bolt that contained the same amount of force as a large M-80 firecracker. The dangerous mission was performed as Mission Control guided the two astronauts, assuring them that the job was necessary to ensure safe return to Earth in the Soyuz capsule. "You should not be concerned at all," Mission Control radioed. NASA insisted that the...

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2008-05-23 12:15:00

It could be another bumpy return to Earth for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS). A source inside the Russian space industry said their re-entry capsule has the same glitch that caused problems on the last two landings.The Russian space agency refused to comment on any technical problems but said the Soyuz-TMA capsule was safe to carry crewmembers back from orbit in October.The capsule is manned by two Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko and is also carrying...

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2008-05-20 10:41:40

The space agency expressed confidence Monday in the Soyuz capsule as a lifeboat for fliers on the international space station, while the Russians continued to investigate the vessel's steep re-entry on its most recent flight. The endorsement came as top NASA officials set May 31 as the date for the launch of the space shuttle Discovery for a 14-day mission to the space station. The spacecraft will carry American Gregory Chamitoff, who is to join the resident crew for a six-month tour on the...


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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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