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Russian Space Chief Says There Are No Flaws In Soyuz Rockets
2011-10-07 11:29:07

Russian Space Agency head Vladimir Popovkin said on Friday that inspectors have found no flaws in their Soyuz rockets, reports the Associated Press. Soyuz had been postponed pending the outcome of a probe influenced by a rocket crashing in August. The Soyuz was just the latest of many launch failures the Russian space agency has endured in the past year, including a military satellite lost in February and three navigation satellites launched in December. Popovkin said a check of 18...

Countdown To Europe’s First Soyuz Launch Under Way
2011-09-20 06:48:05

  The clock is ticking for the first Soyuz flight from Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana. The rocket, which will carry the first two satellites of Europe´s Galileo navigation system into orbit, is being prepared for launch on 20 October. Final assembly began on 12 September of the three-stage Soyuz ST-B, consisting of four first-stage boosters clustered around the core second stage, topped off by the third stage. The Launcher Flight Readiness Review in July gave the...

ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst To Fly To Space Station In 2014
2011-09-18 07:13:50

  ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been assigned to fly to the International Space Station on a 6-month mission in 2014, serving as a flight engineer for Expeditions 40 and 41. Alexander is the second of the new group of European astronauts, which graduated last November, to be assigned to a mission. He will be launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in May 2014, returning to Earth in November 2014. Today is an ideal day for the...

Expedition 28 Crew Lands Safely In Kazakhstan
2011-09-16 07:27:06

  A Russian Soyuz capsule safely returned three returning astronauts from the International Space Station Thursday, September 15 at 9:59 a.m. in Kazakhstan (11:59 a.m. EDT), after a 5-month stay at the Earth-orbiting outpost. NASA´s Ron Garan, Expedition 28 commander Andrey Borisenko and flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaev, both of the Russian Federal Space Agency, were due back on September 8, but that was postponed due to the August 24 crash of Roscosmos´ Progress 44...

Manned Soyuz Launch Delayed Until November
2011-09-14 09:20:39

  Russia´s space agency (Roscosmos) said Tuesday that it is postponing the launch of its next manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) until November 12, only days before the remaining ISS astronauts are due to return to Earth. The mission was already delayed once, moving back from September 22 to late October, due to the August 24 crash of the agency´s unmanned Progress cargo vessel after a Soyuz rocket suffered a malfunction. That accident was...

Russia To Return Space Station Crew This Week
2011-09-13 04:58:40

  Russia will return half of the crew members on board the International Space Station (ISS) later this week, although there are no immediate plans to send up their replacement, a Russian Mission Control Center official told RIA Novosti on Monday. Two Russians and one NASA astronaut will return on board a Russian Soyuz TMA-21 capsule early Friday, and are expected to land in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 0038 GMT, the official said.   This will leave just three...

Image 1 - First Galileo Satellite Arrives In French Guiana
2011-09-12 07:45:44

  The first Galileo navigation satellite has arrived in Europe´s Spaceport in French Guiana, ready to begin preparations for launch on 20 October. Packed within its protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite landed at Cayenne Rochambeau Airport aboard an Antonov aircraft at 06:45 local time on Wednesday 7 September, having departed from Thales Alenia Space Italy´s Rome facility, where it was built. A Thales and ESA team stood ready to receive it, having flown...

Defect Caused Soyuz Failure To Reach Orbit
2011-09-09 13:29:56

  Russian space agency Roscosmos said Friday that the reason for the Soyuz rocket failure on August 24 was a production line defect. The space agency said a blocked duct cut the fuel supply to the Soyuz-U's third stage, causing its engine to shut down prematurely. The Soyuz rockets are currently the only transportation to the International Space Station since NASA retired its shuttle program in July. Russia grounded its Soyuz fleet after the accident a month ago.  The...

2011-09-08 06:34:34

NASA Television will broadcast the return to Earth of three crew members who have called the International Space Station (ISS) home for more than five months. On Sept. 15, Expedition 28 Soyuz Commander Alexander Samokutyaev, NASA Flight Engineer Ron Garan and off-going station Commander Andrey Borisenko will undock from the station's Poisk module to return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft. They are set to land on the southern region steppe of Kazakhstan near the town of...


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DeWinne
2012-01-13 17:47:21

Frank De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He was born Frank Viscount De Winne on April 25, 1961 in Ledeberg, Belgium. He is married to Lena Clarke and has three children from a previous marriage. He enjoys football, concerts, and gastronomy. In 1979, he graduated from the Royal School of Cadets, and in 1984, he graduated from the Royal Military Academy with a Master of Science degree in Engineering. In 1991, after graduating from the Belgian Air Component at...

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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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2010-11-17 15:03:26

Georgy Beregovoy was a Soviet cosmonaut who commanded the space mission Soyuz 3 in 1968. He was born Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoy on April 15, 1921 in Fedorivka, Ukrainian SSR. In 1941, he joined the Soviet air force and was assigned to a ground-attack unit flying the Ilyushin Il-2. He flew almost 200 combat raids during the World War II and became a Captain and Squadron Commander by the end of the war. Following the war, he became a test pilot and rose to the rank of Colonel and Deputy...

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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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